World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Battle of La Paz Centro

Article Id: WHEBN0042460256
Reproduction Date:

Title: Battle of La Paz Centro  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: United States occupation of Nicaragua, Banana Wars, History of Nicaragua, Sugar Intervention, Battle of Achuapa
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Battle of La Paz Centro

The Battle of La Paz Centro took place on May 16, 1927 during the American occupation of Nicaragua of 1926–1933. It took place after the end of Nicaraguan civil war of 1926–1927 and prior to the Sandino Rebellion of 1927–1933. The incident began when American Marines heard gunshots coming from the town of La Paz Centro (located halfway between Managua and Chinandega) at nearly 1:00 in the morning and decided to investigate. The Marine platoon that entered the town was led by Captain Richard B. Buchanan. Three blocks into La Paz Centro, the Marines' left flank, led by Sergeant Glendell L. Fitzgerald came under fire from a crowd of about seventy-five armed Nicaraguans, forcing the former to take cover "under a protruding wooden sidewalk and behind a pile of railroad ties along the town’s main street."[1] They were soon joined by Captain Buchanan's main force.

Buchanan was fatally wounded by fire coming from a local saloon while crossing Main Street. Sergeant Fitzgerald and two privates cleared out the enemy-occupied saloon, "killing seven of the enemy."[2] The Americans' four casualties were brought into the recently cleared building, with Buchanan dying at 2:30. Private Marvin A. Jackson was also mortally wounded. "That was one boy that didn’t want to die. His brains were sticking out of that bullet hole, and he didn’t want to die" said Corporal Donald L. Truesdale.[3] The hostile Nicaraguans began withdrawing at 3:00. Fourteen of their corpses were found on the battlefield, some of which were wearing the red hatband of the rebel Liberal army.

It is unknown for sure who commanded the Liberals that attacked the Marines at La Paz Centro, but Francisco Sequeira ("General Cabulla") seemed to be a likely suspect. After the firefight, two squads of Marines, led by Captain William P. Richards decided to visit Cabulla. On May 26, 1927, Captain Richards killed the Liberal general as the latter jumped out of his bed to go for a pistol. Cabulla's mistress, Concepción Alday, was also shot dead as she charged the Marines with a machete.[4]

American casualties[5]

Fatally wounded:

  • Captain Richard B. Buchanan
  • Private Marvin A. Jackson

Non-fatally wounded:

  • Corporal Anthony J. Rausch ("wounded in the right side of his chest and in the right arm")
  • Private First Class William F. Simon, Jr. ("wounded in the right hand, the index finger being completely shot away")


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.