Battle of Sedgemoor July 6, 1685 at 04:30

Rout of the Whig Left Wing

Under increasing pressure from the Government horse and now attacked by the foot, three battalions on Monmouth’s left wing break. This allows Sandys troop to capture the Whig Artillery. Foulkes manages to pull his regiment back in good order. On the right Wade’s and Matthews’ regiment reach the Langmoor Rhyne but come under attack from more Government horse.

Monmouth’s Left Wing Breaks

While the Government horse set about slaughtering the fleeing Whig foot Matthews’ and Foulkes’ retreat into the cover of the cornfields. On the right Wade’s regiment fights of a continued assault by both the Horse Grenadiers and combined Grenadier battalion.

Government Cavalry Start the Slaughter

Wade managed to pull his infantry across the Langmoor and deploys across the lane to Bridgwater.  Feversham orders his units to hold at the edge of the cornfields. The Militia now start mopping up the broken Whig foot hiding on the moor.

Monmouth’s forms a Defensive Line

With Monmouth’s Army defeated, Feversham drawing up his line to stop an ambush in the Cornfields.


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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.