Captain Maximiliano Luna: A New Mexico Rough Rider

Captain Maximiliano Luna: A New Mexico Rough Rider


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Richard Melzer’s biography of Captain Maximiliano Luna is far more than a simple tale of military glory, for the author has placed this young soldier within the context of the unique place that is New Mexico…. It is altogether fitting…that this modern aristocrat of Southwestern letters should be the author of this marvelous biography of New Mexico’s lost political and military aristocrat. Maximiliano Luna deserved to be rescued from historical obscurity—his legacy was indeed fortunate to be placed in the talented hands of Richard Melzer.

Paul Andrew Hutton, Distinguished Professor of History,

University of New Mexico

Theodore Roosevelt called his men “children of the dragon’s blood,” those Rough Riders who bravely followed him up Cuba’s Kettle and San Juan hills in the face of blistering Spanish rifle and artillery fire. Surely no Rough Rider deserved that title more than Captain Maximiliano Luna of New Mexico. Yet his fascinating life has remained in the shadows of history – until now. Richard Melzer thankfully gives us Luna’s vibrant story for the first time in this thoroughly researched and important biography. Both hero’s tale and tragic reminder of the supreme cost of war, it’s a read I highly recommend.

Mark Lee Gardner, author of Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill

Richard Melzer is a Regents professor of history at the University of New Mexico's Valencia campus. A former president of the Historical Society of New Mexico, he is the author of two dozen books and over a hundred articles on New Mexico history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943681624
Publisher: Rio Grande Books
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 1,209,279
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

Chapter 1: Privileged Youth, 1870-1890 1

Chapter 2: Ascending Power, 1890-1898 41

Chapter 3: To War! 79

Chapter 4: Training and Departure 133

Chapter 5: A Rough Rider in Cuba, 1898 163

Chapter 6: Home to New Mexico, 1898-1899 209

Chapter 7: Always a Rough Rider 243

Chapter 8: The Philippines, 1899 279

Chapter 9: Honored and Remembered 303

Chapter 10: Impact and Statehood 345

Appendix A: 358

Appendix B: Maximiliano Luna’s Chronology 360

Appendix C: First U.s. Volunteer Cavalry 365

Appendix D: New Mexico Rough Rider Troops E, F, G, and H 369

Bibliography 370

Index 383

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