The Death of Adolfo Fernández Cavada

He fought for freedom in two wars — in North America and the Caribbean — and on December 18, 1871, Adolfo Fernández Cavada was killed in battle in Cuba. Cavada was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, to his North American mother and Cuban father.  After his father’s death, his mother moved her family back to her native Philadelphia, where Cavada attended Philadelphia’s Central High School.  Cavada enlisted to fight in the Civil War to preserve the Union, and served with distinction in the Battles of Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. He also served as aide-de-camp to General Andrew A. Humphreys.  After the Civil War was won, Cavada and his brother, Federico, fought in the Cuban revolution against the Spanish colonial rule. (Please see April 19, 1862, for more on brother Federico.)