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By Mark Nesbitt

This is often the tale of 2 younger fighters stuck up in a single of the main recognized and significant campaigns in all background. After years of battle and thirty-five days of severe marching alongside 100 miles of scorching summer time roads, Thomas Ware, a accomplice soldier from rural Georgia, and Franklin Horner, a Union soldier from the coal state of Pennsylvania, turn out scuffling with on almost a similar battlefield at Gettysburg. En path to that fateful day, either make day-by-day entries in small, leather-bound diaries they bring about. They write approximately what is vital to them-receiving mail, writing letters, having whatever to consume, surviving wrestle. Historian Mark Nesbitt areas the entries into the bigger context of the struggle and amplifies the diarists's remark.

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Newcastle, now elevated as marquess, ignored advice to move south, and doggedly pursued the siege. There was considerable skirmishing, the royalists fairly safe within their earthworks constructed around the town, but on 11 October the crucial action was fought. Whilst Sir Thomas Fairfax and the Parliament’s Eastern Association army won a sweeping victory at Winceby in Lincolnshire, in the aftermath of which the guns of Hull could be heard firing upon the royalists, Lord Fairfax launched a counter-attack.

The royalist army fell back on Durham, Leven appeared to follow, then retired on Sunderland. On 20 March, the Scots raided Chester le Street, stinging the royalists into a second advance on Sunderland culminating in the indecisive engagement at Hilton on 23 March. Again, Leven held back from committing his army, despite savage skirmishes, and the royalists returned to Durham disheartened. The Scots moved forward to Easington on 1 April, and to Quarrington on the 8th. On 11 or 12 April, the marquess of Newcastle heard reports of the serious defeat sustained by royalist forces in Yorkshire at Selby, and the consequent threat both to York itself and to the royalist lines of communication.

The parliamentary foot were broken up, and Waller’s potentially fine army had been destroyed. The royalist cavalry had again proved their worth. Two days after the battle, on 15 July, Prince Rupert left Oxford to reinforce the western army, which had occupied Bath, although Wilmot had returned to Oxford. Waller fled to Gloucester and so made his way back to London to report his ‘dismal defeat’. Under Rupert, the western army moved on Bristol, a crucial port giving access to Ireland, and the city was summoned to surrender on 24 July.

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