Our web site was recently contacted by the Society of Hessian Military and Civilian History, with the following additional information:
The Jaeger Buechse (rifle) actually was the
forerunner of the American long rifle. Calibre and length were probably changed because blackpowder and lead were scarce,
and the full-sized rifle was heavy to carry in
early colonial America. German jaeger rifles used to have calibres up to
.80 in the 18th century, as can be seen in the collections of Schloss
Friedrichstein (Bad Wildungen, Hesse) or Jagdschloss Kranichstein
The Gesellschaft für Hessische Militaer- und Zivilgeschichte e.V.
(Society for Hessian Military and Civilian History) is based at Schloss
Fasanerie, Hessia's most beautiful baroque palace at Eichenzell near Fulda,
which is in the possession of His Royal Highness Landgrave Moritz von
Hessen. The group is researching and recreating units of Hessian military
history. For the time of the American Revolution they are focusing on the
Grenadier Company of the Fuesilier Regiment von Ditfurth and the Hesse
Cassel Jaegers foot and mounted units.
You can email them by clicking: Jager Corps.