British hanger War 1812 or earlier Revolutionary War?

Moderators: Richard, antiquesword

British hanger War 1812 or earlier Revolutionary War?

Postby Will Mathieson » Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:35 pm

Here is a somewhat beat up old hanger but comes with some provenance.

Originally owned by Conrad Bongard who was in the Revolutionary War.

"Conrad Bongard Sr. whose name appears on several Loyalist
lists. However, Conrad appears to have been a military claimant rather than a Loyalist.
He was a German soldier, one of about 15,000 who served in German regiments in the
British Army during the Revolution, and received land as such.
Conrad Sr. was discharged following the peace treaty concluding the Revolutionary War
and then served with surveyor Holland who, in 1783-84, surveyed the land in Prince
Edward County in preparation for the resettlement of the Loyalists, military claimants
and other settlers. Conrad Sr. received land at Adolphustown as a military claimant, and
the Bongard family name is commemorated in the name of Bongard’s corners in Prince
Edward County."

The British Government, during the course of the war, procured some foreign troops from one of the German Principalities upon the Rhine, mostly from Hesse-Hamburg. This foreign legion was under the command of General Baron de Reidesel, of their own country. It would seem from the testimony of their descendants in Marysburgh, that the British Government employed the men from the Government of the principality, and that the men did not voluntarily enter the service, but were impressed. These Hessians were drilled before leaving their country. They were composed of infantry, artillery, and a rifle company, "Green Yongers." They were embarked for Canada, by way of Portsmouth, and reached Quebec in time to join the British army, and meet the enemy at Stillwater. Conrad Bongard, of Marysburgh, informs us that his father was one of the company under General Reidesel. He was in the artillery, and accompanied Burgoyne in his eventful campaign; was at the battle of Tyconderoga; and, with the^est of the Hessian troops, was taken prisoner at Saratoga. They were taken down to Virginia, and there retained as prisoners of war for nearly two years. Being released on parole, many of them, with their General, were conveyed back to Germany; but some of them, having the alternative, preferred to remain in America, to share with the loyalists in grants of land. (See Marysburgh, where the Hessians settled). Conrad Bongard became the servant of Surveyor Holland, and was with him as he proceeded up the St. Lawrence, to survey. Bongardmarried a widow Carr, whose husband had been in the 24th regiment of Royal Fusiliers, and THE IROQUOIS. 71 had died while the prisoners were retained in Virginia. He eventually settled in the fifth township, where he died, January, 1840, aged 89. His wife, Susan, died February, 1846, aged 98. Both were members of the Lutheran church. Mrs. B. was a native of Philadelphia."


The brass hilted hanger is 31 inches long with a blade 27" long x 1 5/16" wide and 1/4" thick tapering. The grip is leather over ribbed wood. No makers mark.
The leather blade washer survives and so does the leather covered wooden scabbard with brass mounts.
User avatar
Will Mathieson
Posts: 494
Joined: Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:00 pm

Return to Antique Swords

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: sword335 and 7 guests

Fatal: Not able to open ./cache/data_global.php