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Military Encounters during the Civil Wars

During the Civil Wars, the fighting ranged from pitched battles fought by large-scale armies to small skirmishes involving only a handful of troops. The most frequent form of military engagement was an assault or siege of a fortified strongpoint.

Civil War Petitions uncovers the human costs of these encounters. The petitions, certificates and order books mention hundreds of battles, skirmishes and sieges in which soldiers were wounded or killed. The petitions often give clues to how maimed soldiers remembered the military actions in which they fought, by the names they gave to them and how they chose to describe them.

Search for mention of military events in the Civil Wars, from the famous clashes at Marston Moor and Naseby, right down to those that remain unmentioned in printed Civil War histories, such as the fight at Snaygill near Skipton. Search by location of these events or browse battles, sieges or skirmishes.

This page is currently still under development. A different layout and more complex search functions (including a map view of all military events) will be available in due course.

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Allegiance and the Art of Survival: Colonel Henry Farr

In the late summer of 1642, as civil war in England became ever more likely, people at all social levels…

Face to Face with a Maimed Soldier: Captain Richard Vaughan

As with so many historical figures who were not of the social elite, the maimed soldiers and widows whose petitions…

Katherine de Luke: Widow, Petitioner, and Royalist Agent

When we encounter women petitioners from the Civil Wars, they all-too often appear simply as victims of conflict. Narrations of…

Echoes of a Massacre: The Petition of Bridget Rumney

The massacre of the royalist camp-followers in Farndon Field following the battle of Naseby was one of the most notorious…

Prisoners of war: the lowest priority

The plight and place in diplomatic relations of prisoners of war during the Civil Wars was discussed in a previous…

What can I find on Civil War Petitions?

Since the official launch of Civil War Petitions in July, we have been working hard to gather new material. The…

The War Hero, the Eccentric and the Turncoat: the Men Behind Three Signatures

Several of the signatories to the documents in our Civil War Petitions database will be familiar names to anyone interested…

War Widows Past and Present: The Civil War Petitions and War Widows' Stories Projects

As we approach Remembrance Day, our blog considers the plight of all war widows, both past and present. How do…

Charity in the City: Funding the Relief of Maimed Soldiers in Post-Restoration Bristol

Bristol was one of the largest cities in seventeenth-century England and was hotly contested over during the Civil Wars. Unfortunately,…

A Female Combatant: Jane Merricke of Hereford

In the materials at the heart of the ‘War, Conflict and Memory’ project, women appear almost exclusively as widows petitioning…