On 2nd August, Portsmouth's governor, Colonel George Goring, had declared his allegiance to King Charles I. The navy, now in Parliamentarian hands under the leadership of the Earl of Warwick, responded on 8th August by blockading the town. After a month's blockade and the capture of nearby Southsea Castle by the Parliamentarians, Goring eventually surrendered the town to the besieging forces.
Surrender of Portsmouth to Parliament (61 words)
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