Battle Tour Guides
Marshal Victor found himself
attacked at Medillin by a larger force of Spaniards under
the command of General Gregorio
de la Cuesta.
18,000 troops initially fell back to better defensive lines
and drew the Spanish on to them.
seemed in a very strong position until the cavalry on his
left wing melted before a determined French hussar charge.
The panicking lancers were joined in flight by most of the
rest of the Spanish horse and Cuesta's infantry found itself
in desperate trouble.
charge by Victor's dragoons shattered Spanish morale and
almost immediately Cuesta's entire army disintegrated.
estimated 10,000 men were killed, wounded or captured during
the military disaster. The French suffered no more than