Mortimor's Cross

When Edward, earl of March, heard of the disaster at Wakefield he decided to move east to link-up with Warwick in London. During his movement he became aware of a Lancastrian force located in central Wales. Edward decided to change direction and engage the enemy. His army of mostly Welshmen routed the Lancastrian army of mercenaries from France and Ireland and Welshmen. After the battle Edward continued his march east to join Warwick near London; within two months he would be crowned king.

York Leadership: Edward, earl of March (future Edward IV)

Lancaster Leadership: Jasper Tuder, earl of Pembroke Sir James Butler, earl of Wiltshire

Size of forces: Yorks - 11,000 Lancasters - 8,000

Notable deaths Owne Tudor (grandfather of the future Henry VII)

Yorkist victory
First Campaign
Start Date: 
Saturday, February 2, 1461
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Saturday, February 2, 1461
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