Juan Bautista Baigorria

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Juan Bautista Baigorria
Born Unknown
San Luis Province, Argentina[1]
Died (1813-02-03)February 3, 1813
Allegiance Argentina
Service/branch Army
Rank Soldier
Battles/wars Battle of San Lorenzo

Juan Bautista Baigorria, also known as Granadero Baigorria, was born in San Luis Province and died at the Battle of San Lorenzo on 3 February 1813, was an Argentine soldier. He died in battle and became famous by having saved his commander when he stopped a royalist from bayonnetting then-colonel José de San Martín.[2]

Military career[edit]

Baigorria was part of the 1st company of Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers. He was at the Battle of San Lorenzo, on 3 February 1813. When a royalist soldier tried to kill his commanding officer, then-colonel San Martín who had a leg pinned under his fallen horse, Baigorria killed the enemy with his lance. San Martín's horse had been wounded and felled by a royalist who shot the animal, which then caught the colonel on his leg. This action by Baigorria allowed Private Juan Bautista Cabral to help the colonel and save his life.[2] Baigorria died in this action after being wounded by a royalist.

He is remembered and honored with the town of Granadero Baigorria in Santa Fe Province, named after him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Combate de San Lorenzo". 
  2. ^ a b Clarín, ed. (2002). Enciclopedia visual de la Argentina, de la A a la Z (in Spanish). I, A - D. p. 147. ISBN 950-782-232-1.