Friday, September 3, 2010

Spanish occupy Lerida

14 May 1813

Eastern Spain at start of campaign

At his headquarters in Barcelona Marshal Soult receives news of the fall of Lerida and the loss of communications between Barcelona and Zaragoza. He immediately orders 4th corps to march from Barcelona to Lerida, destroy the Spanish army there and open communications again. 15th corps at Girona is ordered to move to Barcelona.

At Tortosa Captain-General Copons waits anxiously to see how the French will react. He has ordered his four armies to keep a low profile, and for a careful watch to be kept on the three French garrisons.

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