Battle of Cabezón

Battle of Cabezón

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Cabezón
partof=the Peninsular War

date=June 12, 1808
place=Cabezón de Pisuerga, near Valladolid, Spain
result=Decisive French victory
combatant1=flagicon|Spain|1785 Spain
combatant2=flagicon|France French Empire
commander1=Gregorio de la Cuesta
commander2=Jean-Baptiste Bessières
Antoine Lasalle
strength1=300 regular cavalry
4,700 militia
4 guns [Gates, p.71]
strength2=9,000 regulars
casualties2=50 dead [Gates, p. 73]

The Battle of Cabezón was an engagement early in the Peninsular War on June 12, 1808 between a small Spanish militia force (grandiloquently styled the "Army of Castile") and a detachment of Marshal Bessières' French Army Corps under General Lasalle.

The battle took place when General Cuesta's small army, scraped together almost from scratch to defend Old Castile, deployed itself along the Cabezón bridge to bar the road to Burgos against oncoming French divisions. Rather than dig in on the opposite bank of the Pisuerga river, Cuesta, swept along by the enthusiasm of his men, rushed his troops across the bridge against almost double his number, with predictable results: Lasalle's veteran cavalry trampled Cuesta's raw recruits with ease and marched on to Valladolid.



*Gates, David. "The Spanish Ulcer: A History of the Peninsular War." Da Capo Press 2001. ISBN 0-306-81083-2

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