1893: Uprising in Nicaragua – The New York Times

1893: Uprising in Nicaragua – The New York Times

NEW YORK, May 24. — The HERALD’S Granada (Nicaragua) Correspondent, telegraphing via Galveston, Tex, says: The battle between the Revolutionists and the Government forces near Marsaya began at ten o’clock in the morning of the 19th. The Government artillery consisted of five Krupp guns. The battery was stationed a mile north of Nindiri station. The revolutionists planted their artillery on the summit of Coyotepe Hill. From the battery of the Government forces, 240 shells were fired. The Revolutionists fired very effectively sixty shots. After the engagement three carloads of Government soldiers, wounded, were taken from the field and sent to Managua.

The cannonading was renewed at eight o’clock on the following morning, and a spirited attack was made at nine o’clock. There were 1,300 Government troops, opposed by 1,030 Revolutionary troops, under the command of General Borranca. The Government forces were repulsed with heavy losses, after two hours’ fighting. The Government forces reformed with 700 men and attacked the enemy. Hot fighting took place until noon all the way from Nindiri Totisma. On the highway around the Coyotipe Hill between 300 revolutionists, under General Catarina, and 450 Government troops under General Masatepe.

The Government forces flanked the volcano and joined the other troops and made another assault on the Nindiri side. After an hour’s fighting Barranca’s forces obtained complete control of the Tisma Road and the Government forces retreated. They were pursued, and desultory fighting was carried on until three o’clock in the afternoon, when it ended in the complete success of the Revolutionists. On their retreat the Government troops plundered Nindiri village and then retired in confusion.

The Revolutionists lost twelve killed and eight wounded, nearly all officers. The Government troops lost 120 killed and more than two hundred wounded. Two generals were killed. President Sacaza and his family, in Corinto, prepared for flight. The Government is in disorder, its troops are disbanded and at Managua 200 men with rifles captured were ready to join the Revolutionists at the first opportunity.

— The New York Herald, European Edition, May 25, 1893

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