Battle of Edgehill
23rd October 1642

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While famous, the Battle of Edgehill was an indecisive battle marking merely the start of the English Civil War. Neither Charles I's army nor those of his opponent - the Earl of Essex - were fully prepared or equipped for the battle, which took place almost unexpectedly. As such, baggage trains and supplies were poorly organised, and many of the combatants fled or took to looting in the confusion. It has been contended that had the Royalist cavalry been better organised Charles could have claimed a notable victory.

The battle was perhaps more notable for the alleged ghostly "re-enactments" said to have occurred in the skies for years afterwards. 

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