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"We were finally obliged to take refuge in the cellar in which I laid myself down in a corner not far from the door. My children lied down on the earth with their heads upon my lap, and in this manner we passed the entire night. A horrible stench, the cries of the children, and yet more than all this, my own anguish, prevented me from closing my eyes. On the following morning the cannonade again began, but from a different side." Frederika Charlotte Riedesel, Letters and Journals relating to the War of the American Revolution, and the Capture of the German Troops at Saratoga.
Oct. 10th, 1777. A beautiful, aristocratic, 31 year old German Baroness. Her three daughters, 6, 3 and 1. On that date, the first and most catastrophic defeat of the British army, in which her husband was serving. A week besieged in a foul cellar under a fierce cannonade by the American forces. Women and children, desperate wounded soldiers. Cries, blood and human waste. No water. Nothing save despair.
News & Events
The Marshall House held a special open house on Thanksgiving Saturday, November 27th.
The Baroness Riedesel as portrayed by Debbie Bailey greeted visitors. She told the story of how she and her children endured bombardment at the Marshall House during the American siege of Saratoga in 1777.
She also described her introduction of t... read more