Group Identifies 3 More Soldiers Who Died at Revolution Site


A historical preservation group working to identify some of the hundreds of soldiers buried at a Revolutionary War site in the Hudson Valley has attached names to another three of the fallen, including an officer from Maryland and two German mercenaries who fought for the British.

The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot said that a researcher studying pension files of American Revolution veterans has identified Capt. Joseph Burgess of the 4th Maryland Regiment as a soldier known to have died at the depot, site of a major Continental Army supply depot throughout most of the war.

Burgess, a native of Anne Arundel County, enlisted in December 1776 and died two years later in Dutchess County 41 days shy of his 24th birthday.

The preservation group also said historical research uncovered the deaths at the Fishkill Supply Depot of Andreas Keunberg and Conrad Roth, members of a regiment led by Maj. Gen. Friedrich Baron von Riedesel, commander of the German troops fighting alongside the redcoats during the Battles of Saratoga in 1777. Both soldiers were from Germany’s Brunswick province and were taken prisoner when the British surrendered at Saratoga.

Keunberg and Roth fell sick as their regiment was being marched to captivity in Virginia, and both died at Fishkill in December 1778 after being left there for medical care.

So far, the group has identified 87 soldiers who died at Fishkill.

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