THE GREAT WAR COMMENTED FROM THE DEFENSE OF MONTEVIDEO
Réponse aux détracteurs de Montevideo, par M. Pacheco y Obes. Paris. Imp. Centrale de Napoleon Chaix et Cie. 1849.
Very rare. 8vo (18.2 x 12.5 cm), 64 pp., Includes Cover. Rustic publisher binding. Good exemplar. Estrada details it (p. 182) without having seen it. It is not quoted by Arredondo. Not in Suarez.
Its author, General Melchor Pacheco y Obes (Buenos Aires: 1809 - 1855) was the great organizer of the Defense of Montevideo against the siege of the forces commanded by General Oribe and assisted from the Argentine Confederation by the federal government of Rosas. In the early days of the Great War, he held the position of Minister of War and Navy, but in disagreement with Rivera he marched to Rio de Janeiro, returning a year later -and Fructuoso Rivera was away- to form part of the Assembly of Notables and the Council of State. Although with the return of that one he resigned again his positions and left the country. In Rio de Janeiro, he shared financial hardships with José María Paz: to survive, Pacheco sold the sweets that their wives made ...
In 1849, Herrera y Obes, being Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay, appointed him plenipotentiary minister in France with the mission of convincing the French government to deepen its support for Defense. In that land he established a deep friendship with Alexander Dumas from which a work was born that, with his consecrated signature, publicized the heroic defense; we refer to “Montevideo or the new Troy”.
We present here a text inscribed in that international promotion campaign against the Oribe and Rosas alliance.
|AUTHOR||PACHECO Y OBES, MELCHOR|
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