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Date: 4th May, 1471

Time: morning

Location: near Tewkesbury, by the Severn River

Factions: Lancaster vs York Victor: York

Troops/inventory: Lancaster - 6,000 - 7,000 men-at-arms (including archers), some cannons
York - 5,000 - 6,000 men-at-arms (including archers & spearmen), artillery

Injuries/fatalities of interest: Lancaster

York - none

Interesting bit: One of the most remarkable feats of King Edward IV's military career happened on the way to this battle. The army he was to fight against, which was under the orders of Margaret of Anjou, needed to cross the Severn River at Tewkesbury in order to join forces with Jasper Tudor. Conversely, it was necessary for Edward to prevent this from happenning, to increase his chances of defeating his enemy. Effectively, the King needed to get his army of 6,000 men and a large wagon train (including the royal artillery and guns captured from Warwick at Barnet) from Sodbury to Tewkesbury, more than 30 miles away. Astoundingly, King Edward's army achieved their goal in one day, despite soaring temperatures and having stopped only once for food and water.

Needless to say, Margaret's army had not expected the Yorkists to prevent their river crossing. They were defeated the following morning in what must have been a battle between two very exhausted armies.

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