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Francois Louis Teisseidre De Fleury


Born at St. Hippolyte, Languedoc, France. Entered the French Army in 1768. In 1777 he volunteered with the American Army. He was commissioned as a captain of engineers, May 22, 1777, and joined Washington. He was wounded at Fort Mifflin and again at Brandywine. On July 15, 1779, he fought at Stony Point. He was personally responsible for striking the British colors. On October 1, 1779, Congress awarded him a silver medal for his service. At the end of the war he returned to France. He saw later service in India and during the French Revolution.

De Fleury was honored by the 47 mm medal (Betts 566) produced at the Paris mint with dies by Pierre Simon DuVivier. Original restrikes (Julian MI-4) were sold beginning in 1882. Modern 40 mm bronze restrikes (USM 406) were also sold by the mint. A 38 mm pewter de Fleury medal was included with "America's First Medals" produced about 1976.

bio: Failor; Loubat

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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