Battle of Sedgemoor, July 6, 1685 at 01:30

The Cavalry Engagement

After the warning shot is fired, Captain Hucker urges his squadron across the Longmoor Rhyne. After reforming his rank his squadron canter off to towards the upper Plungeon. However, with the sound of the warning shot Compton remounts his Government horse and after sending the warning back to the camp advances into the dark.

Hucker’s squadron crosses the Langmoor Rhyne

As Hucker’s Whig cavalry advance across the moor they are attacked in the flank by Compton’s troop.

Compton advances into contact at 01:20 the Battle of Sedgemoor

After a brisk combat that see’s Major Compton wounded, Hucker’s men are routed and dash back towards the rest of the Whig Army. With the sound of Battle to his left Monmouth orders his Infantry to double their pace to advance towards the enemy camp.

Compton attacks Hucker’s squadron at 1:30 on 6 July 1685

As Hucker’s case chaos behind them the warning arrives in the Government camp.


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This account is based on a more detail description of the Earl of Argyll’s & the Duke of Monmouth’s campaign of 1685 available from Helion & Company in my Book Fighting For Liberty.