Battle of Ravine-à-Couleuvres

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Battle of Ravine-à-Couleuvres
Part of the Haitian Revolution
Depiction of the Battle of Ravine-à-Couleuvres
Depiction of the Battle of Ravine-à-Couleuvres
Date 23 February 1802
Location near Lacroix, Haiti
Result French victory
Belligerents
France France Flag of Haiti 1806.svg Haiti
Commanders and leaders
Donatien de Rochambeau Toussaint Louverture
Strength
3000 infantry 2600 infantry
200 cavalry
Casualties and losses
200 Dead 300-800 Dead

The Battle of Ravine-à-Couleuvres (in Haitian Creole Batay Ravin Koulèv, sometimes in English Battle of Snake Gully) was a major battle of the Haitian Revolution. A French division under General Donatien de Rochambeau was advancing down a ravine (the Ravine-à-Couleuvres), towards the city of Lacroix, Haiti. The leader of the Haitian revolutionary forces, Toussaint Louverture, temporarily stopped his advance toward the city of Gonaïves after a bloody struggle, which was a short distance from Lacroix. That gave the commander of Gonaïves, general Vernet[disambiguation needed], time to burn and evacuate the city with his troops.

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