|Battle of Carpio|
|Part of the Peninsular War|
|French Empire||Kingdom of Spain|
|Commanders and leaders|
|François Étienne de Kellermann||Duke del Parque|
|Casualties and losses|
|1,100 dead or wounded||60 dead and 88 wounded|
The Battle of Carpio or Battle of El Carpio took place at El Carpio, near Medina del Campo, Valladolid, on 23 November 1809, between a Spanish force of 19,000 men commanded by the Lieutenant-General Diego de Cañas y Portocarrero, Duke del Parque and a French force of 10,000 regulars and 1,700 cavalry under the General François Étienne de Kellermann during the Peninsular War. The French forces were defeated and forced to leave the town. In this struggle, died two distinguished Spanish leaders, Salvador de Molina and Colonel Juan Drimgold.
Del Parque led the northern army in a two pronged offensive against Madrid. He enjoyed some success at first, pushing back Jean Gabriel Marchand and the VI Corps. Then the southern army met disaster at the Battle of Ocaña. Historian David Gates wrote,
Marchand again left Salamanca to the enemy and fell back to the Douro, uniting with Kellermann's colonne mobile - which had hastened to his assistance - at Medina del Campo. After fighting a cursory engagement there, however, Del Parque learnt of the Ocaña débâcle and, realising that Joseph's forces were now free to concentrate against him, went into immediate retreat for the sanctuary of the sierras.
- Gates (2002), 204
- Gates, David (2002). The Spanish Ulcer: A History of the Peninsular War. London: Pimlico. ISBN 0-7126-9730-6.
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