The Dominican General writes a letter to friend Parraga giving him
his opinion and advice on some war related issues
Autograph Letter Signed: "M. Gomez" in iron gall ink. 10¾x8¾.
Fully Translated in English: "Kingston, April 2, 1886. Dr. J.M. Parraga.
Dear Friend: The day before yesterday Bavastro gave me another letter from you
dated on March which refers again to the loan and 'Bellido'. I have already
given you my opinion about those two issues on the other letters I have sent
you. The loan projects may vary, maybe among the patriots residing there and
that are willing to help us to get back the corpse of revolution to life there
is one that can come up with a better one and more useful than the one proposed
by Mr. Ygnacio Belen Perez. Regarding the designation of Bellido for the
'agrupacion de Puerto Plata' his residency is unquestionable due to the reasons
you give and that same thing must occur in the public conscience. I am with you
for the management of some businesses, there is no doubt about the needing of
new men. I think that if Carlos Manuel and Narciso Lopez come back to life in
these moments, would do less than what you and Hernandez are doing, for
instance. I am impatient because I haven't received any cablegram from you or
Carrillo yet, I mean, I know three days ago the cable between La Habana and
Cienfuegos was interrupted but Gonzalez has found out that it is working again.
Maceo is still in Colon, I heard that Hernandez has reunited with him but I
don't have more details-but we ought to guess that the absence of enough horses
has stopped him, because it is not a secret for anybody that among all the big
difficulties that we need to face off, that is a colossal one. By my zones I
have one on hold for me but I don't know how I will get out. The ones that do
not take care of those issues cannot know the difficulties that surround them
because even having the horses, there is now the difficulty of a good practice
for any concrete point because it is not possible to go where the franco places.
You might remember how many times we had those drawbacks in mainland. I remember
the friends, all yours 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.), Dios 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.
Multiple mailing folds. Heavily toned. Worn at folds. Envelope attached.
Otherwise, fine condition.
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