vrijdag 2 juli 2010

Rabenhaupt in Veldhausen 1674 III

Uit: Johann David Köhlers, Muntenboek, Volume 10

From a 1738 book on coins and history by Johann David Kohlers, a quote on the proceedings of the belligerents in 1674 being:

'Whilst in the year 1674, the Bishop of Munster, entered the frozen land and water of the Province of Groningen, via the Monestary of Ter Apel with a thousand man on horse and foot, attacked the town of Winschoten and the surrounding villages and plundered them, he next passed through the county of Bentheim. As a reaction Rabehaupt attacked the Munster-land with 5000 men. He passed the fortress of Grambergen, that was occupied with Munster troops, and moved to Nordhorn, in which he ordered Captain Broersma to stay with some of his men. Rabenhaupt moved to Neuenhaus, which was occuoied with 900 men. because the water lelev was that high, he couldn't storm the place at once.

Meanwhile, about 3000 Munster cavalry attacked Broersma in Nordhorn,but he could hold out long enough to hold the place until he was relieved by Rabenhaupt, who chased teh Munster troops away. After this, Rabenhaupt started the siege of Neuenhaus again, and on the 7. March with 5 regiments the town was stormed. The fierce attack took place between the Feldhunser water mill and the Frenkweger gate, by the regiments of Rabenhaupt and Eybergen. After three quarter of an hour of fierce fighting, the Munster troops retreated to the castle. Again thre enemy attacked vigorously, and thus quarter was asked and given, and the place changed sides again. 26 officiers and 600 men were captured. After a few days Rabenhaupt was ordered to move again. Eybergen had to hold the place with 9 companies on foot and 5 on horse to demolish the earth-works. On the 19th of aprl though general Nagel attacked the place again and stormed the town succesfully.

P.S. if you click on the pic above, it will direct you to the book and the right page.

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