In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", who do the villagers think is the Headless Horseman and how did he lose his head?

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The legend is about a Hessian trooper who lost his head in battle via a cannonball!  This is who the villagers believe is the "Headless Horseman."  The soldier is said to be roaming the town searching for his lost head.