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LT. GENERAL ANTONIO MACEO GRAJALES - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED - HFSID 218077

 
ANTONIO MACEO
The Cuban General Antonio Maceo informs a captain that the Government of the Republic requires his services.
Manuscript Document Signed: "A. Maceo" in iron gall ink. 8½x6½. Fully Translated in English: "Liberation Army of Cuba. No. 30 Please immediately put yourself under the orders of the Secretary of War Mario G. Menveal as a response to the necessity of the Government of the Republic of your services. Fatherland and Libery. France fell down on October 22, 1895. The General Lieutenant A. Maceo." Addressed to: "Captain Juan Franco". Lieutenant general Antonio Maceo (1845-1896) was second-in-command of Cuba's Army of Independence, and as so one of the most noteworthy guerrilla leaders of nineteenth-century in Latin America. The son of a Venezuelan mulatto and an Afro-Cuban woman, Maceo began his fight for Cuban liberation by enlisting in the army in 1868 at the beginning of the Ten Years War; within five years he had been promoted to the rank of general due to his bravery and strategic prowess. Although most believed that Cuba could not defeat Spain, Maceo refused to surrender without independence and the abolition of slavery, ultimately being forced to leave Cuba. He returned when the war with Spain began again, and is best remembered for his invasion into Western Cuba when his troops (Afro-Cuban soldiers on horseback) covered more than 1,000 miles in 92 days and fought the enemy in 27 separate encounters. On December 7, 1896 Maceo was captured and killed as he attempted to aid Maximo Gomez' forces, and his death prompted yet another congressional resolution for belligerent rights for Cuba. Multiple mailing folds. Heavily worn and soiled. Pin size holes at left edge. Binding holes at top edge. Edges frayed.


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LT. GENERAL ANTONIO MACEO GRAJALES
Born: June 14, 1848 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: December 7, 1896 in Punta Brava, Cuba





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