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PC28.04.15   hatfield

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28.04.15.   Hatfield, Report of Patrol, Matagalpa

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HEADQUARTERS, DISTRICT OF MATAGALPA, MATAGALPA, NICARAGUA.
15 April, 1928.

From: Captain Gilbert D. Hatfield, U.S. Marine Corps.
To: Commanding Officer, Matagalpa District.
Subject: Report of patrol.

     1.   A patrol of ten men and one officer cleared MATAGALPA at 0020, 15 April, 1928, and proceeded to FUNDADORA FINCA, arriving there at 0600 same date. Patrol cleared FUNDADORA at 0920, and arrived MATAGALPA 1450.

     2.   This patrol went to investigate information to the effect that SANDINO was ill at FUNDADORA. A patrol of 30 men and one officer was sent from JINOTEGA on same mission. The JINOTEGA patrol arrived 0605, the fincas was completely surrounded and every foot of it carefully searched, without result.

     3.   All natives encountered at this place and along the road were questioned concerning bandits in general and SANDINO in particular, but all disclaimed any knowledge of his whereabouts and stated that no bandits had been in the vicinity since February.

     4.   The road from here to FUNDADORA is a very steep incline practically all the way and is very difficult hiking at the present time, due to dust and loose stones. Some rain would improve it, but heavy rains would make it almost impassible [sic] to climb the hills. The road leads directly to and thru FUNDADORA, but with one place where there could possibly be any confusion, even on a dark night, that is where ARON JUEZ road branches to the right about eight miles from MATAGALPA. About six miles from here there is a toll gate which is usually unlocked, but if not can be easily climbed. Just after sighting FUNDADOR there is a gate on the left hand side of the road thru which a trail leads directly into the rear of the residence buildings. This approach cannot be observed from the finca buildings, and thus a complete surprise can be effected, unless there are outposts on the main road. The main road, after this gate is passed, winds around a hill and is at least one mile greater in distance. There are found four good springs at various places along the road, the water is excellent, and abundant in quantity, and excellent in quality.

     5.   All natives in FUNDADOR were friendly and very accomdating [accommodating] and those encountered along the road also appeared to be friendly.

/s/ G. D. HATFIELD.

127/43A/20

Summary & Notes:

   Patrol (11 Marines) sent from Matagalpa to Fundadora on rumor that Sandino was sick (another from Jinotega to investigate same rumor).  Not true.  More disinformation.
   Same Hatfield who taunted Sandino & defended Ocotal in July 1927.
   Native information that "no bandits" in the vicinity since February are probably lies; other reports show ample organizing, looting, mobilization throughout the district in March-April.  Local people systematically lying to Marines.
   Nice description of La Fundadora layout.
   Dilemma with roads & trails: dusty & rocky in dry season, muddy quagmires in rainy season.
   Toll gate along road — a common occurrence?
   All natives encountered "friendly and very accommodating" — a ruse? A misperception? Something not right here.

   "All natives encountered" questioned — how did people respond to being routinely stopped & interrogated by passing Marine patrols?

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