The Battle of Saltanovka saw Davout's I Corps d'armée confronted by Raevsky's VII Infantry Corps. It is unclear if Bagration was attempting to push Davout out of the way so he could march through the area to Vitebsk and link up with Barclay de Tolly or if it was a spoiling attack to prevent Davout from attacking him on the march. In any case, there was a desperate corps vs corps action south of Mogilev near the village of Saltanovka on 23 July 1812.

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