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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

February 25th, 1809 - The Battle of Valls

Conflict: Peninsular War

Combatants: French vs. Spanish

Location: Spain

Outcome: French victory


On this day in 1809, a French army commanded by Laruent Gouvion St. Cyr defeated Spanish troops commanded by Theodor von Reding near Catalonia. Von Reding was himself killed in a cavalry melee.


Le 12e dragons s'illustra en Espagne 1809 by Paul Kauffmann

Points of Interest:

  • St. Cyr was replaced by Napoleon the following year and angrily departed Spain before his replacement had even arrived.

  • However, St. Cyr was given command of the VI Corps two years later for the invasion of Russia.


Gouvion Saint Cyr by Gabriel Fiesinger
Theodor von Reding by an unknown artist


















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Sources:


Dupuy, Trevor N., Johnson, Curt, & Bongard, David L. (1992). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military Biography. New York: Castle Books (HarperCollins).


Dupuy, R. Ernest & Dupuy, Trevor N. (1993). The Harper's Encyclopedia of Military History. New York: HarperCollins.


Eggenberger, David (1985). An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.


Haythornthwaite, Philip J. (1990). The Napoleonic Source Book. New York: Facts on File.

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