Battle of Jersey, The Death of Major Peirson

J Singleton Copley 1781

Oil on Canvas

Tate, London 2003/Tate Online
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The Jersey Muzzleloaders & Antique Firearms Association living history section recreates the 4th Regiment, 2nd Battalion (St Lawrence) which comprised men of the West of St. Helier and St. Lawrence. The unit was formed in 2000 and received its uniforms in early 2001. The Artillery detachment of Six cannon forms the center of the unit.  We have taken our date and title from the Battle of Jersey which occurred on the 6th January 1781. The French landed at La Rocque on the East coast of the Island and proceeded into the town of St.Helier. The Battle took place in the Royal Square which at that time was the market place (Le Vier Marchi). The 78th and the 95th Regiment's lead the assault on the French supported by the 83rd Regiment and units of the Jersey Militia including the St.Lawrence Battalion which carried its regimental colours into action on the day. The Battle was short and victory went to the British.

Part of the crew in action with the 6 pounder at Elizabeth Castle

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Peirson's Tomb

Joining the 1781 Jersey Militia



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