GENERAL MAXIMO GOMEZ Y BAEZ - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1895 CO-SIGNED BY: ERNESTO FONCH Y ARBING - HFSID 217444
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The General sends this war-time note to Manuel Mendigutia requesting him to pay a debt in gold
Manuscript Document Signed: "M. Gomez" Co-signer "Ernesto Fonch y Arbing" in iron gall ink. 8½x6¼. Fully Translated in English: "Liberation Army of Cuba . 4th Brigade. Department of Finance. Due to the present communication and obeying all the orders given by the General in charge, I let you know that it is necessary that you bring or send to this headquarters the amount of eighteen hundred pesos in gold that you owe for the cattle extraction. Headquarters in La Campana on November 11, 1895. The delegate of the Treasure Ernesto Fonch y Arbing. Approved by Chief General M. Gomez" Dominican Major General Maximo Gomez (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. Normal mailing folds. Slightly toned. Tears along edges. Edges frayed. Stained throughout. Lightly worn and soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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