Battle of Maella

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Battle of Maella
Part of First Carlist War
III.3 Muerte del General Pardiñas en la acción de Maella.jpg
The death of General Pardiñas in the Battle of Maella
Date October 1, 1838
Location Maella
41°06′49″N 0°05′22″E / 41.11370°N 0.08956°E / 41.11370; 0.08956Coordinates: 41°06′49″N 0°05′22″E / 41.11370°N 0.08956°E / 41.11370; 0.08956
Result Carlist victory
Belligerents
Carlists supporting

Infante Carlos of Spain

Liberals (Isabelinos or Cristinos) supporting
Isabella II of Spain and her regent mother Maria Christina
Commanders and leaders
Ramón Cabrera Ramón Pardiñas 
Cayetano de Urbina
Pascual Älvarez
Anselmo Blaser
Strength
3,500 infantrymen and 500 cavalry 5,000 infantry and 300 cavalry
Casualties and losses
264 dead and wounded 3,115 dead

The Battle of Maella was a battle of the First Carlist War, occurring on October 1, 1838, near the Aragonese town of Maella. The battle was a Carlist victory and resulted in the routing of most of the Liberal forces.

The Carlist forces were composed of some 3,500 infantrymen and 500 cavalry.

The Liberals counted on some 5,000 infantry and 300 cavalry.

View of the battlefield of Maella

During the fighting, Ramón Cabrera was wounded in the arm but led a desperate cavalry charge, raising the morale of his forces and throwing the Liberal forces into disarray. The Liberal forces counterattacked, throwing the Carlist left guard into disarray. However, Cabrera led four companies of infantry and defeated the Liberal forces. Pardiñas also attempted to rally his troops, but was unsuccessful, and he died in combat.

The Liberals retreated to Caspe.

Sources[edit]

    • Córdoba, Buenaventura: "Vida militar y política de Ramón Cabrera"; Tomo III. 1844
    • Calbo y Rochina, Dámaso: “Historia de Cabrera y de la guerra civil en Aragón Valencia y Murcia”. 1845
    • Pirala, Antonio: "Historia de la Guerra Civil y de los partidos liberal y carlista". 1853
    • Ferrer Dalmau, Melchor: "História del Tradicionalismo español"; Tomo XIII. 1947