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Brigada Cadena military records, 1855.
BANC MSS 2016/11
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Brigada Cadena military records, 1855


Mexico, Ejército., Brigada Cadena., creator


Cadena, José María, correspondent.


Mexico, President (1855 : Carrera),, correspondent.


Three handwritten documents concerning military operations of the Brigada Cadena, which was brought from Orizaba, Mexico to the San Carlos Fortress in Perote by General José María Cadena as part of the Plan of Ayutla. All are countersigned or initialed by José María Cadena.
Status report on Brigada Cadena (2 pages, August 24, 1855): Spreadsheet format, with notes on the verso, detailing the strength of the brigade as of August 18, 1855. Shows the number of officers and troops by category and unit, including deserters. Beginning with a complement of 617 the brigade was down by 69 for a desertion rate of 11%. Countersigned by José María Cadena.
Paymaster report (1 page, August 25, 1855): Details payments to be made to each unit of the brigade for the next two weeks. Countersigned by José María Cadena.
Letter from José María Cadena to President Martin Carrera (2 pages, August 27, 1855): Describes the situation with Ignacio de la Llave's move towards Veracruz and the problems with the Cadena Brigade. Initialed by José María Cadena.


1855 (issued)


Cadena, José María -- Correspondence
Carrera, Martín -- 1806-1871 -- Correspondence
Llave, Ignacio de la -- 1818-1863
Mexico. -- Ejército. -- Brigada Cadena -- Sources
Plan de Ayutla
Mexico -- History -- 1821-1861


Brigada Cadena military records, 1855, BANC MSS 2016/11, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from Kaaterskill Books; 2016.
The Cadena Brigade was made up of the 2nd Ligero Battalion, the 9th Sina Battalion, the Artillería Permanente, the Querétaro Battalion, squadrons from Veracruz, Mexico, Jalapa, Texmelucan, and the Public Security forces of Veracruz.
The Plan of Ayutla was the written plan aimed at removing conservative, centralist president Antonio López de Santa Anna as dictator of Mexico. Initially drafted on February 24, 1854 by Colonel Florencio Villarreal, it was proclaimed on March 1, 1854, in Ayutla, Guerrero. The Plan not only aimed at removing the dictator but also convening a constituent assembly in order to draft a federal constitution.
In Spanish.


Regimental histories.

Physical Description:

3 (5
extent ( linear feet)




BANC MSS 2016/11