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LT. GENERAL ANTONIO MACEO GRAJALES - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 10/30/1895 - HFSID 217715

 
ANTONIO MACEO
The Cuban general names a colonel as "Chief of the Liguani brigade" and instructs him to use the letter as a credential.
Manuscript Letter Signed: "A. Maceo" in iron gall ink. 1 page, 6½x8¾. Written on Republic of Cuba, Invading Army letterhead. Addressed to Mr. Colonel Saturnino Lora. Fully Translated in English: "On this date and waiting for the corresponding approval from superiority, I have decided, as second chief of the Army, to give you the title of Chief of the Liguani brigade on virtue of the proposition made by the interim Chief General of the second body of the army. I issue this letter to be used as credential. Fatherland and Freedom. Corral Nuevo October 30, 1895. A. Maceo.". 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 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. Normal mailing folds. Worn and soiled. Slightly stained throughout. Ink lightly smeared. Right edge frayed. Otherwise, fine condition.


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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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