Gregorio de la Cuesta
1740 - 1812
Gregorio Garcia de la Cuesta may have been one of Spain's most high-profile
soldiers at the outbreak of war with France, but he was also one
of the most unpopular with his British allies.
sick and obstinate, Cuesta proved more of a hinderance to the British
than a help.
was violent, stubborn, wilful and, when he was not letting General
Arthur Wellesley down in the field, he was denying supplies
performances on the field were poor, with no seeming appreciation
for strategy or tactics, and at Talavera
his inaction forced the British to fight alone and earned him their
was described by one as being obstinate, surly and old. "So
violent and obstinate that everbody feared him ... but his enemies."