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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



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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