The Headless Horseman is the famous ghost in the small town of Sleepy Hollow. Local legend has it that he is the ghost of a Hessian soldier, who died during a battle in the Revolutionary War. It is said that the soldier lost his head when a cannonball hit it during the fighting. He often rides by the local church, as the legend also states that he was buried there. It is said that he rides about on his horse searching for his missing head, and that he cannot cross the bridge near the church. The main character in the story, Ichabod Crane, is particularly curious about this local legend. When Ichabod finally sees the ghost of the Headless Horseman, he spots the severed head sitting on the horse in front of the soldier and races toward the bridge to escape.