Batallón Eleuterio Gómez

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Officially the 1st (and only) Battalion, 9th Regiment of the Insular Forces—which had been intended to incorporate any men the revolutionaries emancipated in the course of their campaigns, before all their officers realized it made far more sense to integrate them into their existing units. Eleuterio Gómez (1845-1868) had been an enslaved man in Ponce who, upon hearing of the Revolution in Lares, killed his owner and attempted to flee to the Insular Government. Gómez was caught and hanged by the municipal government, which would soon be ejected by the Red Lions, who first created a battalion in his name. It never exceeded two hundred men in size, and was disbanded shortly after the War of National Liberation.