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San Marcial [1813]

Battle Name : San Marcial [1813]

Date(s) : 31 August 1813

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , The Peninsular Campaign ,

Outcome : A victory for Spanish Troops over French Army of Spain [Soult]

Type of battle : Land


General Friere commanded three Spanish divisions holding a ridge near the monastery of San Marcial. Three divisions of Reille's corps attacked across the fords at 8 am. They were beaten back. At noon they attacked again with strong artillery support but were again repulsed. In late afternoon Soult called off the attack and withdrew. The other prong of Soult's two pronged attack across the Bidassoa was repulsed by the British. This was the last attempt by Soult to get back into Spain.


Monastery of San Marcial on the Spanish side of the river Bidassoa, north-western Pyrenees about 7 miles from the Biscay coast. (Spain)

Casualty figures

French Army of Spain [Soult]

Number engaged :

Casualties :
2,423 (20.19%)

Spanish Troops

Number engaged :

Casualties :
1,679 (16.79%)