21 December, 1808
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Sir John Moore's cavalry vanguard
towards Burgos, Henry Paget
(Lord Uxbridge) decided to deal with a French cavalry
force based at Sahagun.
off with the 15th and 10th Hussars, Paget arrived near the
town and split his force to catch the French as they withdrew.
sent General Slade with the 10th to attack Sahagun, which
sheltered some 600 dragoons, but the general moved too slowly
and when the French discovered the attack column they moved
they left Sahagun the French noticed Paget's 15th, but mistook
them for Spanish horsemen and moved on to the attack.
of unsteady Spanish troopers opposing them, General Debelle's
cavalry found themselves facing a charge by some 400 British
seconds the French front rank had caved in and the rear
one was scattered, turning a formed battle into a bitter
duel-like struggle between individual horsemen.
and half his men escaped, but left behind at least 120 men
killed and more than 160 captured.
lost two dead and a score injured.