2000 23rd August 1813
In the south of the campaign area all is quiet.
General Conroux has concentrated his corps at Palencia. He is aware of the sounds of battle in the direction of Castrillo, but has received no notification of what is happening. He is not yet aware of the battle at Aguillar. He is content to hold the town as ordered, though is somewhat anxious about what is happening to the north.
General Cole has concentrated his corps just west of Palencia. He is under a lot of pressure from Wellington who is just 10 miles away at Valladolid. Despite a series of impatient despatches demanding action, Cole is determined to wait until all of his preparations are complete and he feels the time is right to act.