German

German general; died at the Battle of Fort Mercer.
German general, served in America 1776—82.
German colonel, mortally wounded during the Battle of Trenton; 1726—76.
Hessian general in command of German and Indian forces during the Saratoga campaign; 1738—1800.
Continental Army general from Prussia; drilled the troops at Valley Forge; 1730—94.

Eighteenth-century writers seemed uncertain how best to describe Britain’s relation to its many overseas possessions. Only tepidly did they employ the concept of empire since for them it carried uncomfortable baggage from ancient history. The traditional usage suggested that control over distant colonies and expansion into new regions depended on military might. But the notion that Great Britain was a modern-day Rome, dispatching powerful legions to conquer the world, did not sit well with a people who celebrated liberty and rights, the blessings of living under a balanced constitution.

T. H. Breen
The Marketplace of the Revolution (2004)