Baron Wilhelm Knyphausen

 

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Knyphausen, BARON WILHELM VON, military officer; born in Lutzberg, Germany, November 4, 1716; began his military career in the Prussian service in 1734, and became a general in the army of Frederick the Great in 1775. He arrived in America in June, 1776, and was first engaged in battle here in that of Long Island in August following, in which he commanded a body of Hessian mercenaries. Knyphausen was in the battle of White Plains; assisted in the capture of Fort Washington, which was named by its captors Fort Knyphausen; was conspicuous in the battle of Brandywine in 1777, and in Monmouth in 1778, and commanded an expedition to Springfield, New Jersey, in June, 1780. In the absence of Sir Henry Clinton he was in command of the city of New York. He died in Cassel, December 7, 1800.

 

 

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