On 23 April, the Danes lost a battle in Schleswig, and over the following days German troops, under the command of General Wrangel, occupied the south-eastern part of Jutland.
While he demanded supplies, Ribe’s prefect, Count Marius Sabinus Vilhelm Sponneck (1787-1874), refused to deliver luxury items such as brandy and cigars. This led to Ribe being occupied from 13-14 May; prominent citizens being ripped out of their beds, and Count Sponneck being taken to Kolding, where he negotiated an agreement that was put into effect. He was released on 22 May.
Three days later, General Wrangel pulled his troops out of Northern Jutland under pressure from Russia.