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'Death of Major Pierson [sic] and defeat of the French troops in the Island of Jersey on 6th of January 1781'

Coloured lithograph, by Castille after J S Copley, printed by Le Breton, Morier Lane, Jersey, 1781 (c).

After the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, the French entered the American War of Independence (1775-1783) on the side of the United States. In 1781 they attacked Jersey with a force of around 700 men. The British garrison and local militia fought a brief but bloody battle against them. The French were defeated, but the British commander, Major Peirson, was killed leading his men.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1971-02-33-216-1


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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