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Feb 26 17 4:30 PM

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Munday ye 13 Feb.
A commanded party of foote, led by Coll. Thomas of Prince Maurices army, gott a hill aside the river neare the towne, where at bottome was a brige. The small cottages which were next the towne were all this forenoone a burning. Our foot and theirs pelting one at another all day: small harme done to ours. The enemy shott a many great peices of cannon at them it seamed and at the left wing of our horse also; but little or no hurt. Thus stood both armyes all this day on this side. But Sir R. Delbois with 700 men on the other side of the river pelted the rogues from their hedges betweene the  howses and neare that brige.  A party of horse of the enemy came over the river and charged our reare of foot, about one or two of the clocke. This day Sir Rodney, that commanded a party of horse neare this towne, who did most gallantly, was shott with a musket bullet, yet did remaine living. At this time wee thought to fall back upon our campe and leave the brige to the enemie.  
This after noone wee were entreated by Sir Rodney who had his arm seen by the surgeon and was onse more horsed, to reclaime this bridge and to see off the rogues. Our horse did march right over the brige into the towne as the enemie were revelling at the inn. Soone all the enemie were in flyte and safe passage over the brige garenteed. He conceived it a fitt morning to doe the buisines upon the enemies horse and foote and to mayke sure that the supplies promised from the east were delivered whole to our camp.

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Mar 5 17 11:39 AM

Further adventures of Sir Rodney

Munday ye 27 Feb
Having taken Sir Thomas in the fielde the week previous, and kept him in the castle of Stokesay, wee were entreated by Sir Rodney to keep careful watch over Sir Thomas lest he escape. Sir R took to the country to find more of the enemie with all the horse and a small companie of shotte. The remainder of our force remained in the castle with Sir Thomas. It would seeme that Sir Thomas’ men did very much desire his return unto them and the early morning of 27 Feb they appeared more playne upon the hill beyond the castle and creppt towards the castle most silently.

As soon as day they put over a tertia of foot over a bridge they made in the night, intending to surprize one of our guards. But that guard retreated to the castle gayte; and joyned, fell upon them, being nothing considerable in number, made their two bodyes retreat, killed some, tooke prisoners and a 100 armes: then they lay quiet till 3 afternoone, onely our canon playd but to little effect.

About 3 they approached with their mayne bodyes of foot and dragons from the top of the hill, where we gave hott fires, and, notwithstanding our cannon sweeping off many, they came on and tooke the village beyond the castle gate. This heate of fireing continued till 5 of the clock therabouts. At the same instant they made as hott an aproach on the other side upon an howse. From the wall of the castle we could then see a new body of foote appear atop the hill. Our heartes did sink at this sight as wee were sure to be overrun. Butt these proved to be Sir Thomas’ most cowardly men which took but one look at the fighting and swiftly returned to the far side of the hill.

About the same time, 5 of the clock, our bodyes of horse with Sir Rodney approached towards the field at the bottome of the hill neare the castle, and one body came into our feild, [and] charged Sir Thomas’ leading regiment, which stood them most gallantly. Their seconde company being neare, drove at them, which made Sir Rodney wheele off in confusion, and followed them in the chase, made all our bodyes of horse run in confusion, killed many, besides musqueteers that had lyned the hedges and playd upon us in the chase.

While our regiment stood on the wall of the castle where we gave much fire, their musqueteers killed all the men around our canon which fell silent for the rest of the day. Upon seeing this, the men on the wall ran for the safety of the castle cellars which left onlie our staunchest troopes, the gentlemen of the pikes.

Time upon time, the enemie came at us, onlie to flee. By now it was coming on evening but the pikemen lamented not and refused entry to the castle to all who came at them. Sir Thomas was heard calling for his rescue but to no avail. His men did leave him with us.

For his action this day, Sir Rodney received word of promotiuon to Lieutenant and we did rejoice late into the night.

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Mar 14 17 4:25 PM

Third Adventure of Sir Rodney Delbois

Munday ye 6 March

This day three companies of foote and  three of dragoons of Sir Rodney’s went to northwestward behind the enemy delivering the captive Sir Thomas to my Lord W at Shrewsbury. At aboute six of the morning, Sir Rodney commanded the dragoons to search diligently to the North to locate any enemie that may be plotting to release Sir Thomas. Alas, the enemie did approach from the South with theire full number. The shootinge of theire musquets did alert our dragoons who rode back from the North at greate speede. Sir Rodney’s musqueteers shot bravely at the enemie but theire numbers did not lessen. Sir Rodney himself with the gallant men of the pikes charged from our camp into the midst of the enemies gunnes, giving great hurt to them.

Soone, a troop of enemie dragoons did most boldly ride through our camp with a spayre horse for Sir Thomas who did ride with them out of our sighte. It seemed that our dragoons were dispersed qwickly and followed soone after by the musquets. Sir Rodney and the gentlemen of the pikes were alone in the camp as more bodies of the enemies foote looked to take him a prisoner. Knowing the enemie would give no quarter the pikes withdrew to the woods at our back and all of the enemie did return whence they came.

Sir Rodney was left alone in the camp without a man to command. A small wound to his face shall, I’ll warrant, leave a noticeable scar to remind us of this day’s loss.

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Apr 30 17 4:28 PM

Forthe Adventure of Sir Rodney Delbois

Munday ye 24 Aprile

Today we hadde certayne intelligence that Sir Thomas was with all his forces neare Shrewsbury and that these were all his most veteran of soldieres.

Wee marched out of our quarters about two of the clock in the morning, and intelligence was that the enemy was very neare, and had beate up some quarters, at least given an alarme.

A generall rendesvouz of all Sir Rodney’s army this morning at seven of the clock; Wee marched in battalia back towards the enemy, who was then very neare; marching up the hills, wee discovered some of the enemyes horse, in parties.

About twelve of the clock the battailes joyned; they kept their grownd on the top of the hill, and wee marched up to them through a bottome full of furse bushes; they shott two times at uss, wee one: one of theirs was at Sir Rodney’s body of horse, where he was at the fore. No question they had certayne intelligence where he was, for one that came in to Sir Thomas’s troope ran over to them, and they left all others to charge up to his body. At the head of this charge was none but Sir Thomas himself.
Sir Thomas did call out to Sir Rodney manne to manne to try their armes. With severe blows Sir Rodney did unhorse Sir Thomas who was not seene again that day, Sir Thomas’s men were not dismayed by this but did stand their grounde.

It availed them not as our gentlemen of pikes, our bodyes of shotte, the late arrived dragoons and Sir Rodney Delbois’s trotters did pushe at them until they all did retreat over the hill from which they came.

For his gallant actions this day, Sir Rodney has received word of promotion to captayne.

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