Wars of the Roses Battles 1455 - 1461

The 6 major battles in the Wars of the Roses between 1455 and 1461, with key information, winners and impact the battle had.

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1455 ­ First Battle of St. Albans
Date of Battle: May 22, 1455
Victor: Yorkists
Richard of York
York Leadership: Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick
Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury
Henry VI
Lancaster Queen Margaret
Leadership: Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset
Humphrey Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
Yorkists - 3,000
Size of forces:
Lancastrians - 2,500
Duke of Somerset
Notable deaths: Thomas de Clifford
Earl of Northumberland
1459 ­ Blore Heath
Date of Battle: September 23, 1459
Victor: Yorkists
York Leadership: Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury
Lancaster
Sir John, Lord Audley and Lord Dudley
Leadership:
Yorkists - 5,000
Size of forces:
Lancastrians - 10,000
Notable deaths: Lord Audley
1459 ­ Ludford Bridge
Date of Battle: October 12, 1459
Victor: Lancastrians
Richard, Duke of York
York Leadership:
Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury
Lancaster
Henry VI
Leadership:
Yorkists - ?
Size of forces:
Lancastrians - ?
Notable deaths: None
1460 ­ Northampton
Date of Battle: July 10, 1460
Victor: Yorkist
York Leadership: Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick
Henry VI
Lancaster
Sir Humphrey Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
Leadership:
Sir Edmund Grey

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Yorkists - 20,000
Size of forces:
Lancastrians ­ 10,000
1460 ­ Wakefield
Date of Battle: December 30, 1460
Victor: Lancastrians
Richard, Duke of York
York Leadership:
Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury
Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset
Sir Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter
Lancaster Leadership: Sir Henry Percy, Duke of Northumberland
Lord Clifford
Lord Roos
Yorkists - 8,000
Size of forces:
Lancastrians - 18,000
Notable deaths: Duke of York, Earl of Salisbury and Edmund, Earl of Rutland (York's son)
1461 ­ Mortimer's Cross
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