Ireland 1649-52

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-18
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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Campaignp. 5
The Lord Lieutenant
An Ironside for Ireland
Changes in fortune
Deliberations at Westminster
Chronologyp. 12
Opposing Commandersp. 14
Opposing Forcesp. 21
Parliamentarian forces
Royalist forces
Orders of battle
Opposing Plansp. 26
Parliamentarian plans
Royalist plans
The Campaignp. 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 Aftermathp. 85
The Battlefields Todayp. 91
Bibliographyp. 93
Indexp. 95
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