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The Cuban General writes a very good recommendation letter for Commandant Jose Lamas Garcia de Osuna, exalting his good behavior and courage and listing that he never got injured in three combats which specify by place and date.
Manuscript Document Signed: "R de Cardenas" in iron gall ink. 12x8¼. Fully Translated in English: "Rafael de Cardenas y Benitez. General of Brigade of the Cuban Liberation Army, and now Chief of the mentioned brigade". I certify: that during the time Commandant Jose Lamas Garcia de Osuna has offered his services to the fatherland in the Liberation Army under my command, he has performed satisfactorily, shining for his love to the service and dignified behavior with the enemy: having been wounded three times in the combat I will tell you now about. On December 7, 1896 during the combat of {El Glabiono} in zone of the 2a. Brigade in which we took part and there I had the honor to congratulate him for his good behavior. Wounds received by place and date: None in San Francisco on October 15, 1896; none in Concepcion on February 2, 1894; none in La Esperanza on March 22, 1894. I issue this document in Fatherland and Liberty for the uses the referred commandant considers necessaries. 'La Joya', November 3, 1898. General R de Cardenas." Rafael de Cardenas y Benitez (1868-1911) was a Cuban lawyer who joined the Liberation Army on May 15, 1895 and served as secretary of Major General Maximo Gomez. In La Habana he was given the mission to recruit men in its northeast side to form the North Brigade, which was subordinated to Major General Jose Maria Aguirre. The territory of the brigade bordered to the south with the Calzada de Guines, where the regiment commanded by Lino Mirabal operated. Rafael was seriously wounded during a combat in October 18, 1896 but recovered well and in June of the next year he was ordered to go to New York in order to conduct an expedition to Cuba, which departed on September 5 from Bahamas with 20 very well armed expeditionaries, debarking five days later in Boca Ciega. About a month later, on October 29 he was named in La Yaya, Sub-secretary of War, nevertheless, he declined that position in order to be able to remain in the troops. De Cardenas y Benitez was one of the nine Cuban Generals invited to assist to the ceremony of change of command in the island on January1, 1899. Rafael De Cardenas was Chief of the Municipal Police of La Habana from 1899 to 1906, where he died few years later. Toned and soiled. Normal worn mailing folds. Ink notation on front and verso (unknown hand). Staple marks at middle folds. Edges lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 18, 1868 in La Habana, Cuba
Died: July 11, 1911 in La Habana, Cuba

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