Gazette #2049 Whitehall 8 July 1685
Yesterday morning his Majesty received News of the entire defeat of the rebels, at the Battle of Sedgemoor, about 2000 of the rebels were killed.
The common misconception is the Battle of Sedgemoor was fought between a vast host of misguided peasant and a thin line of unnumbered Redcoats. That it was a forgone conclusion, but new research uncovered in my book Fighting for Liberty, has uncovered an engagement between two well matched Armies, in the early hours of July 6, 1685. It was in the balance for nearly two hours.