Battle of Staszów
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|Battle of Staszów|
|Part of January Uprising|
Polish partisan 1863 by Maksymilian Gierymski
|Commanders and leaders|
|general Marian Langiewicz||colonel Zagriashko|
|Casualties and losses|
The Battle of Staszów was part of the Polish January Uprising of 1863. When the uprising erupted Staszów became a gathering place for Russian infantry and artillery in the area, on the belief that Commander Marian Langiewicz was headquartered in the town.
On February 12, 1863, Langiewicz's unit of 600 men departed in the direction of Raków from Święty Krzyż, as Langiewicz was unable to hold his troops against a Russian assault. While trying to outmaneouver the Russians Langiewicz entered Staszów on the 14th of February. The Polish revolutionaries waited for a Russian attack, it came on February 17. The Russian armies were under the command of Colonel Zagriashko, on February 18 the Polish revolutionaries finally withdrew their forces from Staszów and left towards Małgoszcz, although the battle is considered one of Poland's victories of the uprising.
The town was plundered by the Russians after the Polish forces left, although the Russians only plundered Polish homes, the Jews of Staszów in turn bought the looted goods from the Russians for 500 rubles, and when the Russians left the town, the Jews returned the robbed goods to their Polish owners, without demanding any payment.
- N. M. Gelber, "History of Staszów, Poland, and its Jewish Community", Jewishgen, last accessed 1/24/2011
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