29 December, 1808
Sir John Moore's men pulled away
from Napoleon Bonaparte's
fast-approaching army, the French sent 600 cavalry under
General Charles Lefebvre-Desnouettes to disrupt the British
caught the enemy rearguard at the River Cea, but the courage
of a small group of British cavalry earned enough time for
Henry Paget (Lord Uxbridge)
to organise a defence.
was an indecisive clash between Lefebvre-Desnouettes' men
and Paget's force of 10th Hussars and King's German Legion
the French off to Benavente, Paget then ambushed them and
pursued the surprised and retreating enemy back across the
British suffered some dozen casualties, while the French
lost 50 men killed and wounded and 100 captured. Lefebvre-Desnouettes
had the misfortune to be one of those taken.
the moral-boosting success at Benavente, Moore's retreat
towards Corunna continued.