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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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