The Battle of Saguntum
25th October 1811

Notes

1

There seems to be considerable confusion about the name of this place and the battle that took place there. The ancient fortress of Saguntum had borne that name since Hannibal had attacked it at the opening of the Third Punic War, but the Spanish renamed it San Fernando de Sagunto shortly before the campaign. To add to the confusion, the settlement that lay below the fortress was no longer the city of Saguntum but had become the town of Murviedro.

When you add in the effects of writers' native languages the battle is been named variously as Saguntum, Sagunto, Sagonte, Merviedo and who knows what other variations. I have stuck to "Saguntum" throughout.

2 A quarter of Suchet's "French" army was actually made up Italians, while a further fifteen percent were Poles or Neapolitans.

Eyewitness Accounts

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