Battle of Cetate
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Battle of Cetate

Crimean War

Battle of Cetate
Distribution of the Medjidie, after the Battle of Cetate ©Constantin Guys
1853 Dec 31 - 1854 Jan 6

Battle of Cetate

Cetate, Dolj, Romania

On 31 December 1853, the Ottoman forces at Calafat moved against the Russian force at Chetatea or Cetate, a small village nine miles north of Calafat, and engaged it on 6 January 1854. The battle began when the Russians made a move to recapture Calafat. Most of the heavy fighting took place in and around Chetatea until the Russians were driven out of the village.


The battle at Cetate was ultimately indecisive. After heavy casualties on both sides, both armies were back at their start positions. The Ottoman forces were still in a strong position and barring contact between the Russians and the Serbs, to whom they looked for support, but were themselves no nearer driving the Russians from the Principalities, their stated aim.

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