Cubans in the Confederacy: Jose Agustin Quintero, Ambrosio Jose Gonzales, and Loreta Janeta Velazquez

Cubans in the Confederacy: Jose Agustin Quintero, Ambrosio Jose Gonzales, and Loreta Janeta Velazquez

by Phillip Thomas Tucker, Phillip Thomas Tucker
     
 

The role of Cubans in the American Civil War is seldom appreciated. This work is the first to provide a close look at the often distinguished services they performed. Although Cubans are recorded in the rosters of both Union and Confederate forces, Cuban ties with the Confederacy were particularly strong, partly because Cuban patriots fighting for liberation from

Overview

The role of Cubans in the American Civil War is seldom appreciated. This work is the first to provide a close look at the often distinguished services they performed. Although Cubans are recorded in the rosters of both Union and Confederate forces, Cuban ties with the Confederacy were particularly strong, partly because Cuban patriots fighting for liberation from Spain tended to identify with the Southern cause as a revolutionary struggle.

This work will focus on the biographies of three Cubans who served the Confederate army in the War Between the States. Darryl E. Brock offers a detailed portrait of Jose Agustin Quintero, who served as the South's most effective diplomat. Michel Wendell Stevens writes on Ambrosio Jose Gonzales, who rose to the rank of colonel and served some of the Confederacy's best-known generals. Finally, Richard Hall provides an intimate sketch of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a soldier and spy for the Confederacy who infiltrated (as a double agent) the operations of Northern spymaster Lafayette C. Baker.

Editorial Reviews

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useful...recommended
Civil War Book Review
very informative and entertaining...a must...well researched...footnotes provide a wealth of information
Southern Mercury
"a fascinating history...readers will thoroughly enjoy...interesting"
Booknews
A US Air Force historian chronicles the little-known histories of Cubans who served on the Confederate side in the US Civil War. Cubans fighting for liberation from Spain especially identified with the South's cause, though some fought with the Union. Quintero was a diplomat; Gonzales a colonel; and Velazquez, disguised as a man, a spy. Tucker provides context on how annexation debates over Cuba contributed to Lincoln's election and US polarization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786409761
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/10/2002
Pages:
259
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Thomas Tucker is a former Department of Defense historian in Washington, D.C. He lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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