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jcasey170   Link to this

For a biography of Fleetwood, go to http://www.british-civil-wars.co.uk/biog/index_...

Bill   Link to this

Fleetwood, who, as well as Ireton, was son-in-law to Cromwell, was a very useful instrument to that artful man, who knew how to avail himself of family-connexions. The character of Fleetwood was very different from that of Ireton: he had no great skill as a soldier, and less as a politician; but he had a very powerful influence over the bigotted part of the army. He thought that prayer superseded the use of "carnal weapons" and "that it was sufficient to trust to the hand of Providence, without exerting the arm of flesh." He would fall on his knees and pray, when he heard of a mutiny among the soldiers; and was with the utmost difficulty roused to action, on several emergent occasions. In 1659 he was declared commander in chief of the army. This was done by the intrigues of Lambert, who intended to make the same use of him that Cromwell had done of Fairfax. He died soon after the Revolution.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1769.

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Charles, third son of Sir Miles Fleetwood, Knt.; General and Commander-in-Chief to the Protector Richard, whose sister, Bridget, widow of Ireton, he had married as his second wife. After the king's return he lived in obscurity, and died October 4th, 1692.
---Wheatley, 1899.

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FLEETWOOD, CHARLES (d. 1692), parliamentarian soldier; admitted at Gray's Inn, 1638; one of Essex's bodyguard, 1642; wounded at first battle of Newbury when captain, 1643; appointed receiver of the court of wards forfeited by his royalist brother, Sir William, 1644; commanded regiment of horse in the new model at Naseby, 1645; M.P., Marlborough, 1646; took leading part in quarrel between army and parliament, 1647, on side of former; joint-governor of Isle of Wight, 1649: lieutenant-general of horse at Dunbar, 1650; member of the third council of state (1651) and commander of the forces in England before Worcester, where he did good service; married as his second wife Cromwell's eldest daughter (Bridget), the widow of Ireton, 1652; named commander-in-chief in Ireland, where in 1654-7 he was also lord-deputy; after the first year came to England and only nominally filled the office; recalled on account of his partiality to the anabaptists; one of the Protector's council, 1654; major-general of the eastern district, 1655; a member of Cromwell's House of Lords, 1656; nominal supporter of Richard Cromwell; headed the army's opposition to the parliament; commander-in-chief, 1659; failed to make terms with General Monck; and at the Restoration was incapacitated for life from holding office.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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