The luddites withdrew to lick their wounds, two had being killed and a number seriously injured.
King Ludd was furious at
the loss and probably also at the reality that the luddites were no real match for the authorities especially when they had the back up of the military. In one last show of defiance he
planned now to kill the mill owners who defied his threats. He first made an attempt to shoot the much hated William Cartwright as he rode home from Huddersfield, the attempt failed. Next
an attempt was made to shoot Colonel Campbell the commander of the military at Leeds outside his home but this also failed. Finally on 28th April mill owner William Horsfall was ambushed
at Crossland Moor on his way back to Ottiwells Mill, Marsden where he had, despite repeated threats, continued to operate new finishing machines.