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Part of a series on the New England War.

The Battle of Foulden was the final battle between the English and the Rebel forces in the New England war. This battle was fought at Fort Foulden (in the far west of New England), between September 12th and 13th, 1496.

At this point in the war, English forces were collapsing across the nation, with only a few major pockets of resistance. Many of the remaining forces converged on Fort Foulden, and the surrounding town of Foulden. Large numbers of rebel forces were also converging toward the area, with a total of a thousand troops closing in. Although the English claim that Vinlandic soldiers also assisted in the attack, there has never been any evidence of this, so most claims of this had been thought of as utterly ridiculous.

On the afternoon of September tenth, the English fort began to go into full siege mode, gathering supplies and only sending out minimal patrols. By the next morning, the rebel forces had moved into position, and began to siege the fort. The first major attack was staged at 8:56 local time, and lasted for nearly two hours. On multiple occasions, the rebels almost penetrated the fort, but each time they were pushed back. Both sides quickly lost between fifty to a hundred men, though it is assumed the rebels lost considerably more than the English.

The second attack by the New English, also known as the "Lunchtime Raid", occurred at 1:45 PM local time, and was nearly a complete disaster for the English. At that point, much of the English force was getting served rations for lunch, and were caught by surprise. This resulted in multiple penetrations into the fort by the rebel forces. At one point, nearly two hundred Rebels were in the fort. The rebels that got inside the fort caused massive damage, killing English troops, destroying supplies, and even starting several fires. After a extremely hard battle, The rebels were pushed back, but the English took almost one thousand casualties, and the fort was mostly compromised.

Throughout the rest of the afternoon, the rebels struck the fort repeatedly, killing dozens more English troops. Although none of the attacks were very significant, they served to keep the English on edge. Finally, at 4:25 AM local time, the Rebels staged their final attack. They moved in quickly, focusing their attack on one side of the fort. Most of the English force tried to defend this side, allowing a group of 700 rebel soldiers to force there way in on the other side. With their lines collapsing on both side, and Rebels flooding the base, the English had no choice but to surrender.

This battle marked the official end of the New England War, and within a few months, the New England region was granted total independence. Despite the nearly unconditional surrender of the English, they would remain enemies with New England for a long time to come.

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