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Battle of Karpenisi

Battle of Karpenisi
Part of the Greek War of Independence
Marsigli Filippo - The Death of Markos Botsaris - Google Art Project.jpg
The death of Markos Botsaris by Marsigli Filippo
Date8 August 1823
Karpenisi, central Greece
Result Greek victory[2]

Greece Greek revolutionaries

 Ottoman Empire

  • Ottoman Albanian mercenaries[1]
Commanders and leaders
Markos Botsaris  Mustai Işkodralı Pasha[1]
450 10,000
Casualties and losses
36 1,500 Killed

The Battle of Karpenisi took place near the town of Karpenisi (in Evrytania, central Greece) on the night of 8 August 1823 between units of the Greek revolutionary army[2] and Ottoman troops.


The leader of the Greeks, Markos Botsaris, assaulted the Ottoman camp with a force of 450 Souliotes. The opponents that consisted of 10,000 Albanian mercenaries of the Ottoman army under Mustai Işkodralı Pasha of,[1] were overconfident and had not taken proper defensive measures.[citation needed]

The sleeping soldiers suffered many casualties as the Souliotes sneaked into their camp. Botsaris was shot at the head as he was scouting enemy positions, and he died immediately. The Souliotes retreated when they saw their leader's body being carried away to safety. The Ottoman army had lost 1,000 men while the Greeks had lost several men.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Bradford, James C. (2004). International Encyclopedia of Military History. Routledge. ISBN 9781135950330. Ottoman force of 10,000 Albanian mercenaries led by Mustai Pasha was routed by Markos Botsaris, who was killed in the Battle of Karpenisi (21 August 1823).
  2. ^ a b Showalter, Dennis (2013). Imperial Wars 1815–1914. Amber Books. ISBN 9781782741251. Markos Botsaris' band of 450 Greek rebels madeanight attack on an Ottoman Army of 13,000menencamped near Karpenisi.TheGreeks inflicted1000 casualtiesalmostwithout loss, but retreated...


  • Paroulakis, Peter Harold. The Greeks: Their Struggle for Independence. Hellenic International Press, 1984. ISBN 0-9590894-0-3.