'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.
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