HAUSSEGGER, NICHOLAS. (1729?–1786?). Continental officer. Pennsylvania. On 4 January 1776, Nicholas Haussegger became a major in the Fourth Pennsylvania Battalion, and on 17 July was named colonel of the German Regiment. This unit was routed near Trenton, New Jersey, on 2 January 1777, and Haussegger "surrendered under somewhat suspicious circumstances." (Freeman, p. 343) He was paroled to his home in Lancaster County and General George Washington, who suspected Haussegger of treason, had him watched. Under uncertain circumstances, Haussegger returned to the British, but it is unclear if he served with them.
SEE ALSO German Regiment.
Freeman, Douglas Southall. George Washington, a Biography. 7 vols. Clifton, N.J.: A. M. Kelly, 1975.
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