In January 1643

In January 1643 -...

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In January 1643, Colonel Oliver Cromwell was promoted to the rank of captain, which  released him from the command of the Earl of Essex. He was assigned to aid Lord Grey  of Warke, commander of the newly formed military alliance called the Eastern  Association. The Eastern Association consisted of the armies raised in many of the  counties east of London, where support for Parliament's cause against King Charles I  was strong. The goal of the Eastern Association was to rid its member counties of  Royalists. As captain of a regiment that came to be known as the "Ironsides," Cromwell  led his men to military victories at the northern frontier of the Eastern Association  counties. Between April twenty-three and twenty-eight, 1643, Cromwell's men besieged  the Royalist forces at Crowland Abbey, which they then made a parliamentary  possession. Cromwell's successes at the battlefield at Lincolnshire and in numerous 
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