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Essex's Army

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Parliamentarian army in the First Civil War, commanded by Earl of Essex.

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Instance of: Field army
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definite start date: 1642 JL Needs source
definite end date: 1645 JL Needs source


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Parent organizations

Dates in italic are earliest or latest known dates. Non-italic dates are definite start or end dates.

Parent: Relationship: Earliest: Latest: Source:
Parliamentarian and Protectorate forces Unit allegiance  Needs source



Devereux, Robert (3rd Earl of Essex)Captain-General15 July 1642 JL

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Pay warrants

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Crawshaw - Military Finance (thesis, 2013)Thomas Blair Crawshaw, 'Military Finance and the Earl of Essex's Regular Army: 1642–1644' (PhD thesis, York University, Toronto, 2013).
Graham - Earl of Essex (War in History, 2010)Aaron Graham, 'The Earl of Essex and Parliament’s Army at the Battle of Edgehill: A Reassessment', War in History 17/3 (2010), 276–93.
Lost MS (1)Letter from Lord Wilmot to Prince Rupert, 31 August 1643 JL
Robinson - Horse Supply (HCommons)Gavin Robinson, 'Horse Supply and the Development of the New Model Army, 1642-1646'. Self-archived version of article first published in War in History. Includes new preface.
Robinson - Horse Supply (War in History, 2008)Gavin Robinson, 'Horse Supply and the Development of the New Model Army, 1642-1646', War in History 15/2 (April 2008), pp. 121-140.
Robinson - Horse Supply (thesis, 2001)Gavin Robinson, 'Horse supply in the English Civil War 1642-1646.' (Ph.D. thesis, University of Reading, 2001).
Scott and Turton - Hey for Old RobinChristopher L. Scott and Alan Turton, Hey for Old Robin!: The Campaigns And Armies Of The Earl Of Essex During The First Civil War, 1642-44 (Solihull: Helion and Company, 2017).
TNA, SP 28/17/2, ff. 223-285Miscellaneous parliamentarian financial documents but with some stray warrants signed by Earls of Essex and Manchester: July/August 1644 JL
TNA, SP 28/34/1, ff. 1-150Miscellaneous parliamentarian financial documents, including Ordnance Office, and armies of Lord Fairfax, Earl of Essex, and Sir William Waller: various dates, 1645 JL
TNA, SP 28/45/2, ff. 146-192Miscellaneous parliamentarian financial documents (ff. 185-92: John Dalbeir's account as Quartermaster General of Essex's Army): April 1647 JL
TNA, SP 28/131/3Account book of John Smith and Thomas Richardson, cavalry horses and arms listed on the Propositions for Essex's army. June 1642-June 1643 JL
TNA, SP 28/140/4Account of Thomas Richardson as wagonmaster general for Essex's Army and New Model Army, 1642-45. 1 bound volume, folios 162-247.
TNA, SP 28/140/5Account of Lionel Copley as captain of horse in Essex's Army. 1 bound volume, folios 254-262.
TNA, SP 28/140/6Account of Lt-Col Faringdon, Hampden’s foot regiment, Essex's army. 1 bound volume, folios 263-273.
TNA, SP 28/140/9Account of Lionel Copley as captain of horse in Essex's Army. 1 bound volume.
TNA, SP 28/140/10Account of Henry Langham, captain of foot in Essex's Army. 1 bound volume.
TNA, SP 28/140/11Account of Gilbert Blare, major of horse in Essex's Army, October 1642 JL to May 1644 JL. 1 bound volume, folios 337-342.
TNA, SP 28/140/14Account of Richard Crosse, major of horse in Essex's Army, December 1642 JL to November 1643 JL. 1 bound volume, folios 368-371.
TNA, SP 28/140/15Account of James Sheffield, colonel of horse in Essex's Army, July 1642 JL to May 1645 JL. 1 bound volume, folios 372-388.
TNA, SP 28/140/16Account of Thomas Jackson, captain of foot in Essex's Army. 1 bound volume.
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