Wellington's object in this was at once attained, for Soult, leaving only 10,000 men in Bayonne, came out and concentrated at Orthes on the Pau.
On the 27th of February Wellington, having with little loss effected the passage of the Pau below Orthes, attacked Soult.
Soult held Battle of a strong position behind Orthes on heights command Orthes, ing the roads to Dax and St Sever.
At the same time Hill, having found a ford above Orthes, was turning the French left, when Soult retreated just in time to save being cut off, withdrawing towards St Sever, which he reached on the 28th of February.
At Orthes he won further distinction by his pursuit of the enemy; he was made K.C.B., and received the thanks of parliament.