Sunday, July 06, 2008

Battle of Sedgemoor 6 July 1685

Well it was at 10 o'clock at night when the luckless Duke of Monmouth led his men silently out to surprise the Royal army as it lay encamped outside of Bridgwater. One man - a trooper of the Oxford blues noticed something in the gloom and fired a warning shot and alerted the camp. Unable to find a causeway across the ditches that criss-crossed the moor the Rebels were forced to withstand musketry before retreating in confusion to be followed by a deadly aftermath of executions and murder.
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