Latinos Throughout US History (Infamous and Famous Latinos in US History)

Loreta Janeta Velázquez (1842-c. 1902)

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Loreta Janeta Velazquez was a Confederate patriot during the Civil War who refused to be slowed down by social conventions. In a time when women were largely content to let men decide the course of history, Velazquez enlisted as a soldier under a disguise. She called herself Harry Buford and rose to become a lieutenant before she was injured in a battle and her gender was discovered.