Cubans in the Confederacy

José Agustín Quintero, Ambrosio José Gonzales, and Loreta Janeta Velazquez


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About the Book

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 José Agustín Quintero, who served as the South’s most effective diplomat. Michel 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 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.

About the Author(s)

Phillip Thomas Tucker is a former Department of Defense historian in Washington, D.C. He lives in Davenport, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Phillip Thomas Tucker
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 259
Bibliographic Info: notes, index
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0976-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1664-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction    1
1 José Agustín Quintero    9
2 Ambrosio José Gonzales    143
3 Loreta Janeta Velazquez    225
Index<    241

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Useful…recommended”—Choice
  • “Very informative and entertaining…a must…well researched…footnotes provide a wealth of information”—Civil War Book Review
  • “A fascinating history…readers will thoroughly enjoy…interesting”—Southern Mercury.