The legend of the Headless Horseman begins in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The horseman was a Hessian of unknown rank; one of many such hired to suppress the American Reavolutionary War. During the war, the Horseman was one of 548 Hessians killed in a battle for Chatterton Hill, wherein his head was severed by a cannonball. He was buried in a graveyard outside a church. Thereafter he appears as a ghost, who presents to nightly travelers an actual dangr (rather than the largely harmless fright produced by the majority of ghosts), presumably of decapitation. Now he headless horseman is one legend in around the world.