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Database of Officers of the
Ten Years War 1868-1878



cuban shieldIntroduction

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 '68").


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.


Adobe PDFIntroduction to the Alphabetic List of Officers of the Liberation Army of Cuba, Deputies and other members of the Government of the Republic in Arms, during the Ten Years War (1868-1878).


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If you can add any facts or suggestions that can help enrich this work, please contact the Webmaster at the address at the bottom of the page.


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 Pacheco Rivery


cuban shieldTen 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:

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cuban shieldImportant 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 in computers).

  • 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.

cuban shieldSource Abbreviations

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)


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