of Monmouth’s Progress

Follow the daily progress of Monmouth and his Army, from when they leave Holland, their march across Somerset, to the dramatic events at Sedgemoor on July 6, 1685, then to final day of the Duke himself. Learn of their plans and the clashes with the Royal Army under the Earl of Feversham. This is all through the eye’s of William Savage, based on other Accounts of these events.
Texel, May 30. 1685
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Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

The Channel, June 9. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

Seatown, June 10. 1685
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This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

Lyme, June 11. 1685
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Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Lyme, June 12. 1685
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Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Lyme, June 13. 1685
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Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Bridport, June 14. 1685
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Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Axminster, June 15. 1685
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This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

Chard, June 16. 1685
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Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Ilminster, June 17. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

Taunton, June 18. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Taunton, June 19. 1685
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Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Taunton, June 20. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

Bridgwater, June 21. 1685
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We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

Glastonbury, June 22. 1685
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There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

Shepton Mallet, June 23. 1685
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This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

Pensford, June 24. 1685
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This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

Keynsham, June 25. 1685
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This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

Philips Norton, June 26. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Philips Norton, June 27. 1685
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Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Frome, June 28. 1685
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This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

Frome, June 29. 1685
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The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

Shepton Mallet, June 30. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Wells, July 1. 1685
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This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

Sedgemoor, July 2. 1685
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This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

Bridgwater, July 3. 1683
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Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Bridgwater, July 4. 1685
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The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

Bridgwater, July 5. 1685
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This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

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, July 6. 1685
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The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

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.

Tower Hill, July 15. 1685
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This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

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Sedgemoor, July 6. 1685

This is a step by step account of the fight that took place near Bridgwater. It is is from the perspective of an officer within Monmouth’s Army and is laid out here are the events as they happened on that great and bloody day.
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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The Great Rebellion Timeline:
Texel, May 30. 1685
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Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

Today we sailed in the Heldevenberg for England together with the Duke of Monmouth and 81 other gentlemen of honour

The Channel, June 9. 1685
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This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

This evening the Duke of Monmouth issues his commissions and gives instruction on the forming of his Army

Seatown, June 10. 1685
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This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

This evening a small party is landed at Seatown to send word of Monmouth's landing at Lyme tomorrow.

Lyme, June 11. 1685
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Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Monmouth and his supporters land at Lyme to cheering crowds.

Lyme, June 12. 1685
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Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Monmouth's Army now numbers over 1500 men, yet news arrives that Royal Militia is close at hand.

Lyme, June 13. 1685
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Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Today we drew first blood after a skirmish with the Militia Horse, leaving two of them dead on the field.

Bridport, June 14. 1685
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Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Today we fought our first battle with the Militia at Bridport. Our Foot accounted themselves very well.

Axminster, June 15. 1685
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This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

This day we marched to Axminster and put the Militia to flight.

Chard, June 16. 1685
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Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Today Monmouth's Army reaches Chard, whilst it continues to grow, now over 3000 men have joined his Grace.

Ilminster, June 17. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

The Duke of Monmouth and his Army reaches Ilminster

Taunton, June 18. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Monmouth and his Army reach Taunton this evening.

Taunton, June 19. 1685
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Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Today we entered Taunton and a new Foot Regiment, the Blue, is raised from Taunton-men.

Taunton, June 20. 1685
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The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

The Duke of Monmouth is proclaimed King at the market cross.

Bridgwater, June 21. 1685
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We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

We can now field an Army of 5 Horse Squadrons, 5 Foot Battalions & 4 field cannon.

Glastonbury, June 22. 1685
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There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

There is a skirmish between our Horse and those of the enemy at Langport whilst the clubmen look to join with us.

Shepton Mallet, June 23. 1685
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This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

This day we have progressed to Shepton Mallet but the heavy rain is slowing our advance.

Pensford, June 24. 1685
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This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

This day we reach Pensford but have word the enemy has damaged the Keynsham Bridge

Keynsham, June 25. 1685
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This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

This day we crossed the Avon by the repaired Bridge at Keynsham and fought of the enemy Horse

Philips Norton, June 26. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Monmouth and his Army reach Philips Norton after a long march in heavy rain.

Philips Norton, June 27. 1685
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Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Today there is a Battle between Monmouth's Army and the enemy at Philips Norton.

Frome, June 28. 1685
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This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

This day Monmouth and his arrive exhausted at Frome after a night march in the rain

Frome, June 29. 1685
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The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

The council of War debate the General Pardon issued by the enemy and elect to fight on.

Shepton Mallet, June 30. 1685
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Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Monmouth and his Army finding the path to London closed retires West to Shepton Mallet.

Wells, July 1. 1685
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This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

This day we captured enemy baggage as Wells and rest here for the night.

Sedgemoor, July 2. 1685
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This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

This day as we marched to Pedwell to meet the grand Clubmen Army of Somerset, yet upon our arrival, they only number some 200 men.

Bridgwater, July 3. 1683
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Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Monmouth and his Army return to Bridgwater and start to fortify the town

Bridgwater, July 4. 1685
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The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

The Army remains at Bridgwater and this evening the local men are allowed to return to their homes as the enemy doesn't press us.

Bridgwater, July 5. 1685
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This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

This afternoon we prepare to march overnight to Axbridge meanwhile the enemy has advanced to Westonzoyland

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, July 6. 1685
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The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

The Armies of the two King's fought a great Battle at Sedgemoor, the victor wrote the History. This is an account from one side.

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.

Tower Hill, July 15. 1685
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This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

This is an account of the bloody and botched execution of James, Duke of Monmouth on Tower Hill.

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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 compressed 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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Sedgemoor, the retreat

We have orders from his Majesty that the day is lost and our left wing is has been routed. With this news Col. Wade pulls us back by division and tells the men to collect ammunition from the dead. The enemy now pressing forward and has brought up pike but they have not cut our line of retreat. The fighting is now extremely tight and every man knows the day is lost. Yet our only hope is to stay in good order for as long as possible.

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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Sedgemoor, look to our Flanks

The enemy Horse now threaten our open flank, as more Grenadiers push forward and force us to close our ranks. We are still engaged in a firefight but now Col. Wade has closed the line with our Pike and Scythemen, which has stopped them from pressing home for their Pikes have not yet crossed. The men start to look to the rear as shouts and screams can be heard in the night air. Col. Wade asks if I can check that our line of retreat is clear, which it is, but in the action Capt. Kidd has fallen with a bullet in the arm.

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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Sedgemoor, holding the line

The enemy has started to press forward and parties of Grenadiers are now crossing the ditch. In the flashes of the volleys, I can see some are stuck in the mud and they are easy targets for my pistol. The reserve has now closed with us and shot companies from Bovett’s Regiment are adding weight to our numbers by joining our line. However, they are reluctant to share any powder or ball and our  baggage is too far off to re-supply the men. The Grenadiers have now started to overlap our line and Col. Wade takes our shot diversions from the left to support our open right flank.

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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Sedgemoor, of our Line

As we close to the ditch, Col Matthews is deploying to our left but stops at long musket range to give a volley into the enemy. Col. Wade also deploys into line with our Cannon between our Musket divisions. The enemy sends a weak volley at us but it does very little to us. The officer’s now give their orders to ‘make ready, present and fire!’. It is hard to know if we do the enemy any damage.

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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Sedgemoor, of Greys Flight

As we advance, to my left I can hear the crack of pistol and carbines. This must be Lord Grey starting his attack, but next there is a ragged volley some way to our front. As we continue forward, the ground shakes as horse come towards us at the gallop, the puts our column into disorder as officers try to deploy for horse. But then they are on us and it’s our own men fleeing, which spreads panic in the rank. Col Wade and the other officers rally the ranks and files. Now we must press on with haste.

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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Sedgemoor, the Advance

With some haste the Foot Guard advance to the Ditch in support of Lord Grey. In the distance we can hear the drums of the enemy and the glowing embers as they light their match.

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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Longmoor, July 6. 1685

It is now close to 11 of the clock and I find myself in Van riding with Mr Godfrey, Capt. Kidd and a couple of out-guards. We started on the Bristol Road, but after a mile or so, we left that and start down a lane towards Peasy Farm toward Brawdrip. Now as we pass through Bradney, up ahead we hear an enemy patrol on the Wells High Road, but for our good luck, they ride past towards Sutton without noticing our progress. Once we reach the farm yard, we elect to dismount and lead our horses, for the lane is now a track. It is here that I send Capt. Kidd with Mr Godfrey towards Chedzoy to scout the way ahead, whilst I wait for Lord Grey to come up with the van. Likewise, Lord Grey agrees to dismount all the horse as ensure we do not alert the enemy out-guards that we can see on the high road.

Now as I advance down the lane from Peasy with the Army close behind I think of the plan and the fight before us. So, on reaching the Black-ditch and finding it very full, I’m pleased to see Capt. Kidd come from out of the darkness to my left. He directs me down stream to a second crossing point that is further from Chedzoy, for a supporter from that place has told him that enemy are in the place. Moving slowly forward alone the track, we come up to the Langmoor Rhine and here we rest at the stone marking the Plungeon.

Once Lord Grey’s and his first Squadron is across, they remounted and ready their arms, but now God turns against us, for one of his troopers, drops his pistol which dully goes off at half-cock. This makes a great noise, which echo’s off the nearby hill, and must surely wake the enemy from there slumber. On this and not wishing to delay his attack, for now the enemy must be alerted, Lord Grey advances his squadrons not allowing them the form or deploy. Yet in his haste he does not take a guide forward with him. So as the last Horsemen gallops off into the dark, I’m pleased to see Col. Wade and his Foot Guard come up and starts to cross the Langmoor Rhine with the Vanguard.

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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