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The Cuban General Antonio Maceo informs Chief General of the 2nd Division about an authorization made to General Federico Perez regarding correspondence.
Manuscript Letter Signed: "A. Maceo" in iron gall ink. 5¾x8¼. Fully Translated in English: "Republic of Cuba. Liberation Army. I have the pleasure to communicate you that I have authorized General Federico Perez, Chief of Department of this general barrack, to subscribe the official correspondence whenever is convenient for the best service. Please announce this resolution to the Chiefs of Barracks who depend of you, in order for them to valid the correspondence in its delivery form. I recommend you to adjust such system in the barrack under your rule so the Chief of its department can subscribe the communications directed to the injured commanders. Truly yours, Fatherland and Liberty. July 31, 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 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. Toned. Heavily worn and soiled. Pine size holes at right side. Adhesive residue on verso. Ink note (unknown hand) on verso. Minor notches at edges.

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Born: June 14, 1848 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: December 7, 1896 in Punta Brava, Cuba

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