Battle of Loubino (Valutina-Gora)

On August 18th Barclay de Tolly decided to pull out of the battle of Smolensk, and continue the retreat towards Moscow. The main road from Smolensk to Moscow ran on the North side of the Dnieper River. So as to not let Napoleon know they had departed, they burned the bridge over the Dnieper and marched that night in a Northerly direction.