Steve Brown in his 'British Cavalry and the Men who led them', lists, for 1812 an action at Belango, [after Maguilla]. I cannot find this in Oman or Lipscombe, any ideas anyone please, could it be an issue with the spelling of the place??
Thank you in advance.
Many thanks Tom, great bit of detective work. Regards. Paul.
"On the following day a detachment from the Third Dragoon Guards and Royal Dragoons, consisting of about twenty men of each regiment, commanded by Lieutenant Strenuitz (aide-de-camp to Sir William Erskine) formed an ambush to intercept a strong foraging party of the enemy's cavalry. The party of the Third Dragoon Guards was destined to commence the attack, and was placed, for that purpose, under the command of troop-serjeant-major M'Clelland (who had formerly distinguished himself); and the Royals formed the reserve. The detachment came in contact with the French at a village near Belango; the Third Dragoon Guards charged with all the spirit and fire of Britons. The fury of the onset threw the enemy into confusion; they at once gave way and fled in all directions, leaving several officers and men, and a great number of horses, in the hands of the victors. The success of this gallant affair enabled the regiment to retrieve, by exchange with the enemy, the greatest part of the loss sustained on the preceding day."
Also p. 208 here: https://books.google.com/books?id=LIUBAAAAQAAJ
In: Annals of the Wars of the Nineteenth Century, Volume 3 By Sir Edward Cust
London: John Murray, 1863