1500-1799 | Looting and plunder | United States

BRITISH TROOPS RANSACK WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY

26 June 1777 During the American Revolution, British troops ransacked and pillaged hundreds of American communities, but there was rarely any attempt to accurately account for what was taken. One exception is the ransacking of Westfield, when 13,000 Redcoats camped outside the small New Jersey town on the night of 26 June 1777. They marched…