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Ireland 1649-52: Cromwell's Protestant Crusade

Overview

Osprey's study of Oliver Cromwell's campaigns during the end of the English Civil War (1642-1651). Following the execution of King Charles I in January 1649, the English Parliament saw their opportunity to launch an assault on the Royalist enclave in Ireland. Oliver Cromwell was appointed as Deputy of Ireland to lead a campaign to restore direct control and quell the Confederate opposition.

The first battle in Cromwell's bloody offensive was at Drogheda, where an assault on...

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Overview

Osprey's study of Oliver Cromwell's campaigns during the end of the English Civil War (1642-1651). Following the execution of King Charles I in January 1649, the English Parliament saw their opportunity to launch an assault on the Royalist enclave in Ireland. Oliver Cromwell was appointed as Deputy of Ireland to lead a campaign to restore direct control and quell the Confederate opposition.

The first battle in Cromwell's bloody offensive was at Drogheda, where an assault on the city walls resulted in the slaughter of almost 4000 defenders and inhabitants. The Parliamentary troops then proceeded to Wexford where battle once again lead to a massacre. After Cromwell returned to England, his son-in-law, Henry Ireton, continued the operation which ended with the surrender of Galway in 1652 and led to the Act for the Settlement of Ireland, in which Irish Royalists and Confederates were evicted and their lands 'settled' by those who had advanced funds to Parliament.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846033681
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 820,464
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael McNally is 39 years of age and was born, raised and educated in London. Of Irish parentage (one from each side of the border) Michael has had an active interest in Irish history, and military history in particular, from boyhood. He is married with two children and lives in Germany where he works for a major insurance company.

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Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaign 5

Confederation

The Lord Lieutenant

An Ironside for Ireland

Changes in fortune

Deliberations at Westminster

Chronology 12

Opposing Commanders 14

Parliamentarian

Royalist

Confederate

Opposing Forces 21

Parliamentarian forces

Royalist forces

Orders of battle

Opposing Plans 26

Parliamentarian plans

Royalist plans

The Campaign 30

The great victory, Rathmines, 2 August 1649

The coming of Cromwell Streets running red with blood, Drogheda, 5-11 September 1649

Consolidation The consequence of resistance, Wexford, 2-11 October 1649

The Campaign falters, Waterford, 27 October to 2 December 1649

Winter quarters The armies unite, Kilkenny, 20-27 March 1650

Setback on the Suir, Clonmel, 27 April to 18 May 1650

The Aftermath 85

The Battlefields Today 91

Bibliography 93

Index 95

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