Manuel G. Posadas

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Manuel G. Posadas
Born (1841-10-18)October 18, 1841
Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died March 13, 1897(1897-03-13) (aged 55)
United Provinces of Río de la Plata, Argentina

Manuel G. Posadas was an Afro-Argentine musician, journalist and Argentine soldier in the nineteenth century.


Manuel G. Posadas was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 18 October 1841. He displayed an aptitude for music, and studied under the instruction of Professor Silveira.

He married Emily Smith, of English and Afro-Argentine origin from Buenos Aires, and they had at least three children: Carlos, Manuel and Luis Maria. The first two children were dedicated to music, a subject in which they excelled, and would go on to study more intensively both in Buenos Aires and around the world.

In 1865 he joined the Argentine Army as a volunteer to fight in the War of Paraguay. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd. regiment commanded by Colonel José María Morales. Posadas rose quickly to the rank of sergeant but due to illness, he had to abandon the campaign and return to Buenos Aires.

As a strong supporter of General Bartolome Mitre, Posadas was appointed captain of National Guards. He participated in the Revolution of 1874 and after the defeat of the liberal party, he continued teaching music and writing in diverse media outlets in the city including El Eco Artistic and La Nación.

He again re-enlisted to the military, being assigned to the Sosa battalion commanded by Colonel Morales. He took an active part in the revolution of 1880 and in the fighting on Monday June 21 at Puente Alsina and Corrales (the current location of Patricios Park). He also participated in the 1890 revolution which, despite being defeated, caused the renunciation of President Miguel Juárez Celman.

As a violinist he performed in several theaters in Columbus and Opera. He died in Buenos Aires on March 13 of 1897.


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