25 May, 1811
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cavalry battle occurred as Marshal
Soult retreated away from the bloody battlefield of
to prevent his army from being surprised by pursuing British
cavalry, Soult sent out a large force of his own horsemen
under General Latour-Maubourg to screen his withdrawal.
swept away some Spanish cavalry, Latour-Maubourg found his
3000 troopers up against some 2200 British dragoons under
General Sir William Lumley.
French commander, however, did not know the strength of
the British due to excellent use of the terrain by Lumley
and advanced his main force through Usagre in column.
put pressure on the British he sent a second force out on
to the flanks to make the enemy withdraw. In effect, this
only weakened his strength and Lumley was able to defeat
the French in detail.
suffered some 30 casualties, while Latour-Maubourg almost
350 men killed, wounded or captured.