A message to garcia about colonel

By Elbert Hubbard Note:

A message to garcia about colonel

After his service in the Spanish American War, he served in the Philippines and posts in the United States, retiring in He died in The setting of the account is the year during the Spanish-American War in Cuba. He was captured and imprisoned for his activities until its end in After his release he was again arrested.

Inhe came to the United States and as the leader of the Cuban Insurgents, played an important role in the United States war with Spain. He died in Washington, D.

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The United States faced a war with Spain. The President was anxious for information. He realized that success meant that the soldiers of the republic must cooperate with the insurgent forces of Cuba.

He understood that it was essential to know how many Spanish troops there were on the island, their quality and condition, their morale, the character of their officers, especially those of the high command; the state of the roads in all seasons; the sanitary situation in both the Spanish and insurgent armies and the country in general; how well both sides were armed and what the Cuban forces would need in order to harass the enemy while American battalions were being mobilized; the topography of the country and many other important facts.

Small wonder that the command, "Send him! Notwithstanding that I still believed the colonel was joking I replied in the affirmative.

Your problem will be to secure from him information of a military character, bring it down to date and arrange it on a working basis. Your message to him will be in the nature of a series of inquiries from the President.

Written communication, further than is necessary to identify you, will be avoided. History has furnished us with the record of too many tragedies to warrant taking risks.

There must be no failure on your part; there must be no errors made in this case. The rest depends on you. You require no further instructions than those I will now give you.

Quarter-master-General Humphreys will see that you are put ashore at Kingston. After that, providing the United States declares war on Spain, further instructions will be based on cables received from you.

A message to garcia about colonel

Otherwise everything will be silence. You must plan and act for yourself. The task is yours and yours only. You must get a message to Garcia. Your train leaves at midnight.

Good-by and good luck! As Colonel Wagner released mine he repeated: My duty was, as I understood it, complicated by the fact that a state of war did not exist, nor would it exist at the time of my departure; possibly not until after my arrival in Jamaica. A false step might bring about a condition that a lifetime of statement would never explain.

Should war be declared my mission would be simplified, although its dangers would not be lessened. In military service the life of the man is at the disposal of his country, but his reputation is his own and it ought not be placed in the hands of anyone with power to destroy it, either by neglect or otherwise.

But in this case it never occurred to me to ask for written instructions; my sole thought was that I was charged with a message to Garcia and to get from him certain information and that I was going to do it. Whether Colonel Wagner ever placed on file in the office of the adjutant-general the substance of our conversation I do not know.

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A message to garcia about colonel

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As Colonel Wagner released mine he repeated: "Get that message to Garcia!" Hastily, as I set about to make my preparations, I considered my situation.

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My duty was, as I understood it, complicated by the fact that a state of war did not exist, nor would it exist at the time of my departure; possibly not until after my arrival in Jamaica. Long a staple of military professional reading lists, “A Message to Garcia,” written by Elbert Hubbard continues to be considered among the most important literary works on leadership—and followership.

It held a place of prominence on the Marine Corps Commandant’s reading list from the first list in all the way through We have [ ]. Long a staple of military professional reading lists, “A Message to Garcia,” written by Elbert Hubbard continues to be considered among the most important literary works on leadership—and followership.

It held a place of prominence on the Marine Corps Commandant’s reading list from the first list in all the way through We have . Andrew Summers Rowan (April 23, – January 10, ) was born in Gap Mills, Virginia (now West Virginia), the son of John M. Rowan and Virginia Summers. He was an American army officer who served in the Spanish–American War, the Philippine War, and the Moro Rebellion, and became famous for reportedly delivering a message to Gen.

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We have both personally witnessed it being praised in various military education and professional development venues. The lesson intended to be derived from the story is unclear, and its applicability to the modern military professional is far from certain.
Early career[ edit ] Rowan enrolled in the United States Military Academy at West Point in at the age of twenty and was commissioned second lieutenant in
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Publication history[ edit ] A Message to Garcia, New York central edition A Message to Garcia was originally published as filler without a title in the March issue of The Philistinea periodical which, at that time, was written entirely by Elbert Hubbard.
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