Francisco Gomez' Last Letter
The following letter, written in pencil, is reported
to have been written by Francisco Gomez, son of the Cuban Revolutionary
leader Calixto Gomez. Francisco was with General
Antonio Maceo at the time of his death.
"Dear Mamma, Papa, Dear Brothers: I die at
my post. I did not want to abandon the body of General Maceo, and I stayed
with him. I was wounded in two places, and as I did not fall into the hands
of the enemy, I have killed myself. I am dying. I die pleased at being
in the defense of the Cuban cause. I wait for you in the other world.
Torro in San Domingo
(Friends or foes, please transmit to its destination
as requested by one dead)."
Quesada, Gonzalo de, and Henry Davenport Northrop,
Great Struggle for Freedom. (Washington DC: J. R. Jones, 1898) 565.
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