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Today in History

On October 23, 1642, Jacob Astley, 1st Baron Astley of Reading and Royalist Commander in the First English Civil War, commenced the Battle of Edgehill with an appeal: “O Lord,” he prayed, “Thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget Thee, do not thou forget me.” Then, with the pleasantries out of the way, he ordered his troops to “March on, boys!”

Though Lord Astley eventually came out on the losing end—surrendering to the Parliamentarians at the Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold in 1646—he survived the conflict and lived another six years.

So I guess he wasn’t forgotten.



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