Battle of Sedgemoor July 6, 1685 by 05:00

Monmouth’s Last Stand

Monmouth’s remaining infantry slowly pull back, keep the Government units at musket range. On the battlefield the Militia and regular regiment gather up the wounded Whigs lying on the moor. Feversham’s grenadiers advance up the lane to attack Wade’s remaining battalion of 300 men.

The Fighting Retreat

After discussion with the remaining officers Monmouth and Grey leave the battlefield while Wade holds the lane as a last stand. Fearing ambush Feversham orders his men to advance slowly up the lane.

Monmouth leaves the Battlefield

With Monmouth’s Whig Army defeated, Feversham send Oglethorpe to London with news of the victory. The General then organises a Brigade of foot and horse under Churchill to advance to Bridgwater.

Feversham Marches on Bridgwater

The battle of Sedgemoor is over and about 300 Whigs are rounded up to be held in the Church of Westonzoyland. The Militia horse continue chasing under the fleeing Whigs. Finally, seizing the Whig baggage out on the moor near Axbridge. The Whigs have lost around 2,000 dead while the Government casualties are close to 200. When Wade arrives in Bridgwater he finds two full squadron’s of Whig horse but with defeat being total, its every man for himself.


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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.