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|Battle of María|
|Part of the Peninsular War|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Louis Gabriel Suchet||Joaquín Blake|
|III Corps||Army of Aragon|
|13,000, 12 guns||14,230, 18 guns|
|Casualties and losses|
|700–800||4,000–5,000, 16 guns|
The Battle of María (15 June 1809) saw a small Spanish army led by Joaquín Blake y Joyes face an Imperial French corps under Louis Gabriel Suchet. After an inconclusive contest earlier in the day, Suchet's cavalry made a decisive charge that resulted in a French victory. Though the Spanish right wing was crushed, the rest of Blake's army got away in fairly good order after abandoning most of its artillery. María de Huerva is located 17 kilometres (10.6 mi) southwest of Zaragoza, Spain. The action occurred during the Peninsular War which was part of the larger struggle known as the Napoleonic Wars.
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