William Godwin's Diary


General Pierre Dupont (1765-1840) and his remaining army of 17,000 men surrendered to Spanish resistance forces. In June 1808 Dupont's troops had plundered Cordoba before retreating in the face of large French forces. The messengers he sent to Madrid met violent deaths at the hands of peasants, and Dupont surrendered to General Castanos. The French defeat energized the Spanish resistance.

See Rory Muir, Britain and the Defeat of Napoleon, 1807-1815 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1996), pp. 33-35 and Anthony James Joes, Guerilla Conflict Before the Cold War (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996), p. 96.