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

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The role of Cubans in the American Civil War is seldom appreciated. This work is the first to provide a 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, perhaps because Cuban patriots fighting for liberation from Spain tended to identify with the Southern cause.

In this work are biographies of three Cubans who served the Confederate ...

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Overview

The role of Cubans in the American Civil War is seldom appreciated. This work is the first to provide a 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, perhaps because Cuban patriots fighting for liberation from Spain tended to identify with the Southern cause.

In this work are biographies of three Cubans who served the Confederate army in the War Between the States. Darryl E. Brock offers a detailed portrait of José Agustín Quintero, who served as the South's most effective diplomat. Michael Wendell Stevens writes on Ambrosio José Gonzales, who rose to the rank of colonel and served some of the Confederacy's best-known generals. Finally, Richard Hal provides a 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.

Author Biography: Phillip Thomas Tucker is the chief of the history office at the 81st Training Wing (AETC), Keesler Air Force Base. He is also the author of Westerners in Gray (1994, $39.95). He lives in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786409761
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2002
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Thomas Tucker is historian at the United States Air Force's History Support Office in Washington, D.C. He is also the author of Westerners in Gray (1994). He lives in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Jose Agustin Quintero: Cuban Patriot in Confederate Diplomatic Service 9
Ch. 2 Two Flags, One Cause - A Cuban Patriot in Gray: Ambrosio Jose Gonzales 143
Ch. 3 Loreta Janeta Velazquez: Civil War Soldier and Spy 225
Index 241
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