An English Civil War Re-Enactment Regiment in The Sealed Knot

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What do we do?

Members of the Regiment can participate in a number of ways - they can fight on the field as a Pikeman, Musketeer, or Drummer. There are also non-combatant roles in the Baggage Trayne & Living History. Many members just attend our regular social events.

When the Regiment forms-up at a muster or drill, the Colonel's company forms the right hand division and The Sergeant Major's company forms the left hand division, with both pike units in the centre, and a musket unit on each flank. The drummers from both companies form one division and take their position to the right of the pike.

The Regiment belongs to Prince Rupert's Brigade, in which we fight alongside The Earl Rivers' Regiment, The Earl of Northampton's Regiment, Sir Thomas Glemham's Regiment and Sir Henry Vaughan's Company.

Prince Rupert's Brigade manoeuvres and fights in two battalia, Colonel John Russell's Battalion and Sir Nicholas Byron's Battalion. Rupert's form part of Colonel John Russell's Battalion.

Musketeers

The larger part of the regiment consists of musketeers. Their main weapon is a musket, usually a matchlock, but they also carry a sword. The musket is a muzzle loading weapon which relies on a charge of gun powder ignited by a length of cord or 'match' soaked in saltpetre. Numerous commands are required to prepare and fire it, so the rate of fire is fairly slow and largely ineffective unless fired en masse. Each man carries his own supply of powder in a dozen small flasks attached to a bandolier - a belt slung across his torso.

Pikemen

The pikeman is armed with a 16-foot long ash pole known as a pike and a basic sword called a tuck. The pike is most effective when used to keep the cavalry at bay whilst the musketeers reload. The sword is best for close quarter combat. The pikemen wear armour comprising of back and breast plates, gorget to protect the throat, and tassets designed to protect their thighs. They wear a helmet to protect their head.

Drummers/Musicians

Musicians (drummers and fifers) are important for spectacle and for communication - the original function of drumming during the Civil War. Although musicians are very much part of the battle scene, they are generally treated as non-combatants. Drummers and Fifers have their coats provided by the Colonel, often a different colour and style, with collars decorated with lace.

Pioneers & Living History

While the above are the principal "fighting" roles, individuals are welcome to take on high-profile but non-combatant roles. These can be on the side of the battlefield - e.g. water-carriers, priest, surgeon; or closer to and inter-active with the crowd as wounded veterans, jugglers, beggars, etc..
Although wearing Soldiers uniforms, Pioneers are non-combatants who go on to the field at the rear of the regiment and help with providing water to the combatants.
Finally in "Living History", our members try to portray 17th century life as closely as possible.