Friday, April 22, 2011

Captaine Pemberton Imprisoned, 1643

In the following newspaper:
Kingdomes Weekly Intelligencer (London, England), May 23, 1643 - May 30, 1643; Issue 21
[ then click on Gale News Vault, search for Pemberton in the "Entire Document"]
we read the following:
A Catalogue of the names of the Commanders and Officers taken Prisoners, are as followeth:
General Goring.
Sir Tho: Bland, Lieutenant Colonel to Sir George Wentworth.
Captaine Wildbore.
Captaine Rudstone.
Captaine Pemberton.
Captaine Croft.
Serjeant Major Carnaby, and Captain Nutall left wounded in Wakefield, upon their engagements to bee true prisoners.
[There follows a list of Lieutenants and then Ensigns, and then a thousand words about battles which I quote in part so as to identify the engagement; the record thereof beginning thus]
My Lord Fairfax dated at Leeds 23 May; hath this passage, the partie of horse and foote appeared before Wakefield [a place] about foure a clock on Sanday morning, where they found their enemies (who had Intelligence of their designe) readie to receive them; there was in the Towne Generall Goring, Serjeant Major General Mackworth, the Lord Goring, with many other principall Commanders and eminent persons, with about seven Troops of horse, and six Regiments containing 3000. foot, the Towne well fortified with works, and foure peeces of Ordnance, yet our men, both Commanders and Common soldiers, went on with undanted Courages, and notwithstanding Vallies of small and great shott from the Enemies, Charged up to their works, which they entered, seised upon their Ordnance, and turned them upon themselves, and prusued the enemies so close, as they beate quite out of the Towne the most part of the horse, and a great number of the foote, and made all the rest prisoners, and with them took foure peece of Ordnance, and all the Ammunition in the Towne, and a great number of Armes, and amongst the Prisoners, Generall Goring himselfe, with divers other Commanders and common Souldiers, in all about 1500 men and 27 Colours of foote, three Cornetts of horse, of wich I send a more particular list enclosed, the more exact and particular relation of this service, as it is testifies to me under the hands of the Principall Commanders employed in that designe, I doe rather account it a Miracle, then a Victory, and the Glory and praise to bee ascribed to God that wroght it, in which I hope I derogate nothing from the merits of the Commanders and Souldiers, who every one in his place and duty, shewed as much Courage and resolution as could bee expected from men: When the Towne was thus taken, they found their number and strength too weake to keep it, and their prisoners, so they left the place, and marcht away with their booty.

What I don't know is whether this Captaine is a land or sea captain. I presume land.

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