The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Who was the headless horseman before he died?


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It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon-ball, in some nameless battle during the Revolutionary War, and who is ever and anon seen by the country folk hurrying along in the gloom of night, as if on the wings of the wind.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow