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20 June 2016

I’m way, way, way behind in a promised revision of Gods, Gachupines and Gringos… I know, I know.  Running into trivia like this isn’t all that useful, but it is fun, in a twisted way.

Emperor Maximilian was shot the 19th of June 1867, along with two of his surviving generals, Miguel Miramon and Tomás Meija.  Maximilian’s corpse was eventually shipped back to Austria (after a botched embalming, some diplomatic dithering, and a quicky paint job to cover up the greenish hue he’d acquired as a result of too much meijacopper in the embalming fluid), and Mirimon was buried in Mexico City’s premier cemetery, San Fernando.  When Benito Juarez was buried in what was to have been Maximilan’s plot in San Fernando, Miramon’s family — appalled at the idea of their royalist relation spending eternity next to the Indian who’d had him executed, traded tombs with the family of Republican hero, Ignacio Zaragosa, who died soon after winning the Battle of Puebla, and was buried in that city.

Meija´s corpse had it’s own post-mortem travels.  The general’s widow intended to have her late husband buried back in his native Sierra Gorda region of Queretaro.  But, after paying for a (decent) embalming job, ran out of money.  With Royalists not wanting to come out openly to support the dead heroes of the lost cause,  the next best thing was to give them a chance to gaze once more on their leaders, and chip in to send him off to his final reward.

The widow Meija raised a tidy sum charging admission to see Tomas propped up in the living room,.  Not enough to ship him back to Queretaro, though enough to give him a nifty tomb in San Fernando, where the two Indian enemies lie a few meters from each other.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 June 2016 11:41 pm

    I just finished reading “Gods, Gachupines and Gringos”. All I can say is Wow. And on a side note I will say this, Pedro Moreno de Ortega y su nieto de tres generaciones, Manuel Azuela Gonzalez, fueron mis tios paternal. Fueron ellos revolucinarios con el deseo de matar el bollio quien mandaba………………

  2. mexicomystic permalink
    21 June 2016 8:36 pm

    And the burial go round continued. As soon as Benito Juarez died, (Because they didn’t dare attempt this while he lived), the wife of Miguel Miramon went to the Bishop of Puebla and Talked him in to allowing General Miramon be buried in a chapel in the Cathedral of Puebla. If you go to the Cathedral you can see the grave with an elaborate monument in the Chapel near the Front. There are many legends about the execution of the 2 Generals and emperor Maximillian. It was rumored that he gave a Masonic sign to his captors which was duly reported to Juarez who was also a Mason. It was rumored that Juarez was told by other Masons….”You can’t execute a Brother Mason”.
    Juarez said: Too much Mexican blood has been spilled for me to do otherwise”.
    Supposedly Juarez received a letter from the Masonic lodge three days later saying: Commit Suicide.” He didn’t but his death has suspicious overtones.
    Seems like everyone (The rich) were Masons back then. Santa Ana de Lopez gave the sign at his capture at San Jacinto to General Wharton.

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