He was soon afterwards killed in an unsuccessful attack made by Maurice upon Venlo.
Gerrit, who had been a subaltern at Deventer and Venlo, was now a captain at the Hague.
As a volunteer he went to the war in Flanders, and at the siege of Venlo in 1702 won his commission.
At Venlo on the Maas the maidens light the tapers as the evening comes on and then dance around the lighted tree.
The country round Venlo, the course of the frontier in those parts were unknown to me; in fact, I was a complete stranger.
The prince of Parma next undertook the siege of Venlo, which was surrendered to him after some resistance.
But as they halted between Venlo and Roermond, resistance confronted them.
Thereupon they showed me the nearest road to Venlo, where I arrived at seven o'clock in the morning.