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Powick Bridge

(Left) Roundway Down, SK: a dismounted dragoon of Wardlaw's Regiment with a political pamphlet tucked in his hat - a Civil War practice among Roundhead activists. Some Civil War dragoon regiments had to serve on foot for months before even receiving horses.

At the Powick Bridge muster, which was organised by the Commandery at Worcester, there was a display of dragoon tactics by a combined unit 92 strong; riding up to their objective, they dismounted to fight on foot while SK cavalry troopers led their horses away.

(Below) Pendennis Castle SK muster: dragoons of Slanning's, showing (left) a wheellock carbine, and (right) the single "bridle-gauntlet" often worn by mounted men to protect their rein-hand and forearm - slashing at an opponent's reins or left hand to rob him of control over his horse was a common ploy in cavalry mêlées.

(Above left) Powick Bridge: a dragoon of Slanning's Regiment, SK. "a sturdy Welsh cob with a sturdy rider". Note the slung musket: some New Model Army dragoons were provided with flintlocks, but given their infantry tactics at least some units certainly carried matchlocks; and some kind of sling would have been necessary. Dragoon horses, and saddles, are recorded as costing only about half as much as their cavalry equivalents.

(Left) Weston Super Mare, SK: Slanning's Dragoons advance on foot. Note the swallow-tailed dragoon guidon; and (left foreground) an officer with a pair of rapiers - an archaic fashion for gentlemen. There is no real evidence for dragoon dress and equipment; a treatise of 1639 recommends buff coats and open-face helmets, but infantry dress, perhaps with boots, was probably the norm during the Civil War, with a Montero or some other cap.

Sealed Knot Musketeer

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