Latinos in the Civil War

(Left) Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant who enlisted in the Confederate Army, masqueraded herself as Lieutenant Harry Buford (right) and fought in several battles. (U.S. Army / March 14, 2013)

As the sesquicentennial of the Civil War continues to be celebrated, surprising stories are leaping out of the past. One story is about Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant who enlisted in the Confederate Army, against her husband's wishes, and masqueraded herself as a man. Using the name Lieutenant Harry Buford, Velazquez fought in several battles and is buried in Maryland.

This story will be part of Latinos in the Civil War:  A Maryland Perspective, a talk sponsored by the Laurel Historical Society on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Laurel Pool Room, Ninth and Main streets. The free program will feature Marta Cruz Kelly, Chief of Interpretation and Education for the National Park Service, and will include contributions Latinos made on both sides, Union and Confederate.

For information, contact 301-725-7975, info@laurelhistoricalsociety.org.


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