We are very pleased to present here the results of this monumental work
by the late Eugenio de J. Perez Ferrer (R.I.P.) and Jose de Santa Cruz Pacheco
Rivery (R.I.P.), who chose CubaGenWeb to publish this original
compilation of names and facts of the Officers of the Ten Years War (also known as the "Big War" or "Revolution of
Based primarily in the Escalafon Oficial de la Guerra Grande (Official Ranking of the Big War), started in 1873 by the President of
the Republic in Arms, Salvador Cisneros Betancourt, this is the only official
listing of combatants of that war. Perez Ferrer and Santa Cruz Pacheco
have added to this data base hundreds of names extracted from hundreds
of books and documents, all carefully documented. This arduous task was
done "...for the purpose of saving from oblivion many of the patriots
which in the long epic of the Big War sacrificed themselves and heroically
offered their lives in order to save Cuba from Spanish rule." (-JSCP).
This brief introduction barely provides homage to this unique labor.
For more complete details please download, from the following link, the
accompanying introduction which explains the database details. Please
note that the document is currently available only in Spanish.
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Additional notes on the corrected version of the List of Officers
of the War of 1868 (updated 2 Mar 2004)
The listing of Officers of the '68 War has been enriched with the inclusion
of other relevant patriots who participated in the historic strife. We
have included and updated the place of birth, as well as the names of
the parents, of many of the heroes which appeared in the first version,
as well as added some additional information in the column labeled "Remarks".
Most of the newer information has been made available thanks to the contribution
that we received from our good friend from Bayamo, Mr. Oscar Anthony
Ros (Ramirez) and Broadthurst, born in Maracaibo, Venezuela,
and descendant of Colonel Benjamin Ramirez y Ferral Rondon,
a valiant Cuban who participated in the entire duration of the '68 War
and later wrote his memoirs for posterity, an unedited manuscript now
kept by his Great Great Grandson.
This document would not have survived
without the rescue that his uncle, Osvaldo Ros Ramirez,
managed to accomplish when the family holdings in Bayamo (Marquesa de
Guama, and the farm El Rocio) were intervened, and his later donation
of the documents to his nephew.
Colonel Ramirez, perhaps anticipating that some day history might honor
these worthy cubans, was quite careful in detailing in his notes all the
personal and military facts related to this cause.
Thanks to this collaboration
and help to the research that we continue doing, we are privileged to
continue our project to document and make known these beautiful pages
of our history. Our thanks to Ed Elizondo for his help,
as well as all those who provide us with new facts and suggestions.
Eugenio de J. Pérez Ferrer & José Santa Cruz
Ten Years War Officers Data Base
To search the database, first read the important notes below and then go to the search form using the following button:
Important Notes on the Data
Names such as "del Rio" o "de la Torre" have been transcribed as
"Rio (del)" and "Torre (de la)" so they will sort by the surname and
not by the "de" or "del".
All accents have been omitted to facilitate finding the names after
sorting (accented letters will sort quite distantly from the unaccented
letters due to the differences in ACSII codes used to represent them
The Spanish letter "ñ" has been transcribed as is. The rare
letter "ü", which is required by Spanish grammar to appear in
the diphthongs "üe" (as in "Agüero") and "üi" (as in
"Güines"), has been transcribed as a plain "u", again to facilitate
finding the names after sorting.
In general we have tried to transcribe the information exactly as
it appears in the original, errors and all. Square brackets "[" and "]" have been used to denote any information added or changed
from the original transcription based on data supplied from other
sources such as a family descendant or to correct an obvious error.
A dot "." indicates that there was no entry in this
field in the original book.
It was common practice in the originals to abbreviate some common
first names such as "Jose M." for "Jose Maria", "Jose I." for "Jose
Ignacio" and "Fco." for "Federico". Also some common second surnames
were abbreviated, such as "F." for "Fernandez", "M." for "Martinez"
and "Z." for "Zayas". In general these names have been transcribed
exactly as they appear in the original.
There were women veteran soldiers and some even achieved the rank
of officer. Not much appears in history books about them. Remember
that this was a total war with entire families taking part.
The rank indicated in the book was the rank achieved by the soldier
at the end of the war. Please note that many officers were promoted
to higher ranks after the end of the war.
The following abbreviations are used in the "Source" column of the search form:
|Library of the National Archive
|Cronicas de Santiago de Cuba (by Emilio Bacardi Moreau)
|Campaign Diary of Maximo Gomez
|Campaign Diary of Julio Grave de Peralta
|Campaign Diary of Vicente Garcia
|Historia de Familias Cubanas (by Francisco Xavier de Santa Cruz y Mallen)
|Jose Abreu Cardet
|Yndice Alfabético y Defunciones
del Ejército Libertador de Cuba - Guerra de Independencia, iniciada
el 24 de Febrero de 1895 y terminada oficialmente el 24 de Agosto de 1898 (by General Carlos Roloff)
|Unpublished manuscript by Col. Benjamin Ramirez
|Nuevo Estudio (by Perucho Figueredo)
|Personajes de Santiago de Cuba en la Guerra del 68
|Vida (by Rafael Morales)