1200 19th August 1813
The campaign opened with a great deal of movement and confusion, but with no contact between the two armies.
Both armies were widely deployed, and both sides wanted to concentrate their corps before a battle was fought.
But first it was necessary to determine the exact location of the enemy. The general location of the main corps headquarters were known through spies and informers. But little was known of the exact location of the forward divisions.
To this end both sides advanced towards each other, and deployed cavalry screens in order to locate the enemy forward locations.