Sedgemoor, the last Stand

The enemy has pushed us to the Langmoor Rhine and this protects our back. So it is here that we will make our last stand and die to a man. The musketeers have no more powder and now fight with clubbed muskets or have plugged bayonets into the hot barrels. Our Pike and Scythemen are at the charge, which is keep the horse away but now our foes pull back from the fight and their is a deadly calm in the air only shattered by distance pistol shots and the screams of those wounded. Now the enemy Grenadiers come forward and throw their iron charges into our┬ácompressed ranks, each kills so many of the men but the tightness of our ranks stops some of the damage. The smoke is now so heavy that it is hard to breath but only now does the sun start to lighten the sky, yet the noise and screams for those shattered by the Grenades is deafening. Now they start to fire volleys into our ranks and its over we can’t stand the heat any longer and we break. Now the Dragoons come into us and every man is for himself yet in the press I find my friend Richard Goodenough and together with Col Wade we cross the Rhine into the blood covered cornfield and we run, we run to Bridgwater. The battle is lost, so god save the King, my King Monmouth.

The Battle of Sedgemoor Timeline:
Castlefield, July 5. 1685
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By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

By late afternoon it is clear our enemy camps at Weston but leaves their right flank in the air.

Longmoor, July 6. 1685
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This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

This night we march to Longmoor to surprise the enemy but a troopers pistol goes off at half-cock.

Sedgemoor, the Advance
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We advance with haste to the Ditch guided by the match of our enemy

We advance with haste to the Ditch guided by the match of our enemy

We advance with haste to the Ditch guided by the match of our enemy

Sedgemoor, of Greys Flight
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As we advance our own horse cause disruption as they flee through our ranks

As we advance our own horse cause disruption as they flee through our ranks

As we advance our own horse cause disruption as they flee through our ranks

Sedgemoor, of our Line
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Now we must deploy into Line and engage the enemy, for we are now committed to this fight.

Now we must deploy into Line and engage the enemy, for we are now committed to this fight.

Now we must deploy into Line and engage the enemy, for we are now committed to this fight.

Sedgemoor, the Firefight
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The firefight has started and neither side wishes to give ground but the weight of the enemy shot is increasing.

The firefight has started and neither side wishes to give ground but the weight of the enemy shot is increasing.

The firefight has started and neither side wishes to give ground but the weight of the enemy shot is increasing.

Sedgemoor, holding the line
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The enemy has started to cross the ditch and overlap our flank but our reserve now support our line.

The enemy has started to cross the ditch and overlap our flank but our reserve now support our line.

The enemy has started to cross the ditch and overlap our flank but our reserve now support our line.

Sedgemoor, look to our Flanks
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The enemy is becoming bolder and press our flanks with horse, yet our Scythemen put fear into them.

The enemy is becoming bolder and press our flanks with horse, yet our Scythemen put fear into them.

The enemy is becoming bolder and press our flanks with horse, yet our Scythemen put fear into them.

Sedgemoor, the retreat
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Monmouth has left the field and the enemy is pressing us from both flanks but we pull back in good order.

Monmouth has left the field and the enemy is pressing us from both flanks but we pull back in good order.

Monmouth has left the field and the enemy is pressing us from both flanks but we pull back in good order.

Sedgemoor, the last Stand
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The day is lost but our Foot Guards make a last stand before the Grenadiers finally break the us. God save the King.

The day is lost but our Foot Guards make a last stand before the Grenadiers finally break the us. God save the King.

The day is lost but our Foot Guards make a last stand before the Grenadiers finally break the us. God save the King.

Ilfracombe, July 7. 1685
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With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

With the Rebellion lost, it is every man for himself, Wade, Goodenough, Ferguson and a party make their Escape from Ilfracombe.

Whitehall, July 8. 1685
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The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

The News is that there has been a mighty Battle in a place called Sedgemoor and his Majesties forces are victorious.

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