A Letter to Garcia…

I received this several years ago. It is lengthy, but worth the read. As leaders, we need to give thought how we can apply it.

When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba – no one knew where. No mail nor telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his cooperation, and quickly.

What to do!

Someone said to the President, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan who will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”

Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by the name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia, are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail.

The point I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?” By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this or that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing – “Carry a message to Garcia!”

1 comment on “A Letter to Garcia…

  1. troywoolery says:

    Wow, this took me back 30 years to when I was in the Navy. I had an instruction in this lesson while I was at NAS Alameda by Samuel Buchanan, my NCO boss at the time. I later presented this to my Division Officer while onboard the USS Acadia, and we share it during training.


    Troy Woolery Minister – Worland church of Christ 2801 Big Horn Ave. Worland, WY 82401 405-332-1290

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