The combat of Ronquillo of 25-26 March 1810 was the second fight during General Ballesteros’s raid into western Andalusia in the spring of 1810. Having been dispatched south from Estremadura with orders to invade the Condado de Niebla and threaten Seville, Ballesteros had defeated Beauregard’s brigade of cavalry from Mortier’s 5th Corps at Valverde on 19 February. He then advanced east towards Ronquillo, twenty miles north of Seville on the road into Estremadura.
On 25-26 March Ballesteros fought an inconclusive battle against one brigade from Gazan’s division, also part of Mortier’s corps. This fight, so close to Seville, provoked Mortier to respond with an entire division. Ballesteros retreated back west, to Zalamea, just north of Valverde, and then turned to offer battle, suffering a significant defeat on 15 April.
|A History of the Peninsular War vol.3: September 1809-December 1810 - Ocana, Cadiz, Bussaco, Torres Vedras, Sir Charles Oman. Part three of Oman's classic history begins with the series of disasters that befell the Spanish in the autumn of 1809 and spring of 1810, starting with the crushing defeat at Ocana and ending with the French conquest of Andalusia and capture of Seville, then moves on to look at the third French invasion of Portugal, most famous for Wellington's defence of the Lines of Torres Vedras.|
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