Battle of Sprimont

Battle of Sprimont
Part of the French Revolutionary Wars

Monument to the battle.
Date17–18 September 1794
LocationSprimont, near Liège, Belgium

French victory

French Republic  Habsburg Monarchy
Commanders and leaders
Jean-Baptiste Jourdan
France François Marceau
France Honoré Haquin
Count of Clerfayt
Habsburg Monarchy Count Baillet de Latour
116,000 men 83,000 men

The Battle of Sprimont, Battle of Esneux or Battle of the Ourthe was a battle between French Republican and Austrian troops on the plateau between the valleys of the Vesdre, the Ourthe and the Amblève, 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Liège. It occurred on 17 and 18 September 1794 and was a French Republican victory. The battle put a final end to the Ancien Régime in what is now Belgium, then essentially the Austrian Netherlands, Principality of Liège and the Principality of Stavelot-Malmedy. French troops dislodged Austrian troops occupying the plateau, though the French suffered heavy losses. Associated with the battle are the villages of Sprimont, Esneux, Fontin and the site of the La Redoute, whose name originates in a redoubt involved in the battle.


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Coordinates: 50°29′28″N 5°42′18″E / 50.49111°N 5.70500°E / 50.49111; 5.70500

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