Sunday, April 22, 2012

Felipe "Phillip" Rodriguez, A "Forgotten" Cuban Confederate Soldier, from Alabama // Felipe "Phillip” Rodríguez, un soldado Confederado Cubano, de Alabama.

Felipe "Phillip" Rodriguez was a Corporal in Company E, 8th Alabama Infantry (born 1821, Cuba). He enlisted on May 6th, 1861 and is listed as “Single” and a “Laborer”, on his enlistment papers. He fought at the following Battles: Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Gaines Mill, Fraziers Farm, 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg (where he was severely wounded on July 2nd, 1863). He then rejoined his Unit and fought at Bristol, Wilderness, Bradshaws Farm, Spottsylvania Court House, Hanover Junction, Tottottopotoney, Cold Harbor, White Oak Swamp, Petersburg (where he was wounded twice on June 23rd, 1864 and again on June 29th, 1864. He finally surrendered on April 9th, 1865 with the Army of Northern Virginia. The few men who surrendered at Appomattox took the Regimental Battle Flag and instead of surrendering it, tore it into little pieces, with each man getting a sliver of it, as a momento, of their brave service.
Felipe Rodriguez was married twice after the War, once to Mary A. (no surname found, born 1832, in Alabama) and also to Eliza (born 1836, Scotland, no surname found). He was a Cigar Maker and lived at 86 South Cedar Street, in 1861, in Mobile, Alabama. His burial place is unknown.

You can visit http://adf.ly/8ALVr and learn about the Cuba Libre Camp Project of the Admiral Semmes Camp 11, Sons of Confederate Veterans which is a project to identify all known Cuban Confederate Soldiers, as well as other Hispanics and Minorities who served in the Confederate Military.

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Felipe "Phillip" Rodríguez fue un cabo de la Compañía E, 8ª Infantería de Alabama (nacido en 1821, Cuba). Se alistó en el ejército el 6 de mayo de 1861 y está catalogado como "obrero soltero" en sus documentos de alistamiento. Luchó en las batallas siguientes: Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Gaines Mill, 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg (donde fue gravemente herido el 2 de julio de 1863). Después, se reunió con su unidad y luchó en Bristol, Wilderness, Bradshaws Farm, Spottsylvania Court House, Hanover Junction, Tottottopotoney, Cold Harbor, White Oak Swamp, Petersburg (donde fue herido dos veces el 23 de junio de 1864, y de nuevo el 29 de junio 1864). Finalmente se rindió el 09 de abril 1865 con el Ejército de Virginia del Norte. Los pocos hombres que se rindieron en Appomattox tomaron la bandera de batalla del regimiento y en lugar de entregarla, la rompieron en pequeños pedazos, con cada uno recibiendo una astilla de ella, como un recuerdo de su valiente servicio.
Felipe Rodríguez se casó dos veces después de la guerra, una vez con María A. (sin apellido encontrado, nacida 1832, en Alabama) y también con Eliza (nacida en 1836, Escocia, no figura apellido encontrado). Él era un fabricante de cigarros y vivía en la calle 86 South Cedar Street, en 1861, en ​​Mobile, Alabama. El lugar de su sepultura es desconocido.

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