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The Major General writes a letter to Lieutenant Colonel Raul Arango to instruct him about the plans for recruiting more soldiers and expresses his trust on him.
Autograph Letter Signed: "M. Gomez" in iron gall ink. 12¾x8½. Fully Translated in English: "Lieutenant Colonel Raul Arango. Lieutenant Colonel: Although a regrettable and unjustified delay, General Menocal is now in his position of Chief of the 3rd. Army Brigade and you will do the same as soon as possible with all the individuals included in the note that I have attached because it belongs to the regions of the 5th brigade. Well understood that I am referring to all those who are willing to march in order to get a position of honor in those rows, as it's written on my general order of May 25 of the current year. When marching, you will have to stop by this General Barrack and give note with the names of all the individuals that accompany you in order for us to be able to take in count their spontaneity as a merit for their service records. This General barrack trusts that you will know how to accomplish such beautiful commission as soon as possible, and that way the mayor number of western fool killers gentlemen will join our forces. Best Regards. Chief General, M. Gomez." Dominican Major General Maximo Gomez y Baez (1836-1905) was initially trained as an officer of the Spanish Army at the Zaragoza Military Academy, originally arriving in Cuba as a cavalry Captain in the Spanish Army before taking up the rebel cause in 1968. Gomez famously helped transform the Cuban Army's military tactics and strategy, teaching the guerrilla independence fighters, the Mambises, their most feared tactic: the "Machete Charge". Gomez worked odd military jobs for the next couple decades: he became involved with the independence of Puerto Rico when he sold most of his possessions to finance a revolution, even volunteering to lead troops (later deemed unnecessary when Spain intervened), as well as was promoted to General of the Cuban army, improving the military's guerrilla tactics most effective against the traditional Spanish forces. The Spanish-American War, the result of the United States interfering in the Cuban War of Independence, forced Cuba to decide if they should choose heritage over their New World partners (Spain vs. U.S.)He decided to fight solely for his adopted country's independence; he lost his most trusted officer Antonio Maceo, and his son Francisco Gomez in the war in 1896, but by 1898 Cuba had obtained independence and Gomez was offered the presidential nomination, but he refused due to his Dominican heritage. By that time his was 75 years old, having spent half his life dedicated to the liberation of Cuba, and he died in Havana in 1905. Toned and soiled. Normal mailing folds. Pinhead-size holes at center. Sealed. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 18, 1836 in BanĂ­, Dominican Republic
Died: June 17, 1905 in Havana, Cuba

Film Credits
1999 Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War (in person)

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