Vicente Moreno Baptista. (Antequera (Málaga) 7 January 1773- Granada, 10 August 1810). On the 12 June 1792, he joined the army as distinguished soldier in the Fix Regiment of Málaga, being posted to the War of Rosellon. On the 30 September 1795, he was promoted to Cadet of his regiment and on the 1 April 1799 he was again promoted to Second Sublieutenant. In September 1800, he already was First Sublieutenant. Then, he applies for a marriage license that was granted on the 9 December, when he gets married to María Velasco García. On the 16 July 1805, he was promoted to Lieutenant. Having been the Spanish Independence War already declared, he is appointed as Assistant of the 2nd Battalion of his regiment on the 30 November 1808. He participates in many battles with such heroism that on the 5 January 1809 he is promoted to Captain and throws himself into all the actions developed in Sierra Morena. He stands out in two battles: the first one, the Batalla de Ocaña, on the 19 November 1809, and the second one the battle of Arquilos (Jaén). He organizes a guerrilla in Sierra Morena and, after the taking of Málaga, he moves his battlefield to Sierra del Torcal, from where he continuously harasses the French army.He is betrayed and taken prisoner in an ambush. After his arrest, the French, in the name of the king José I, offer him freedom and the post of Colonel if he swears to obey the king. The Mr Moreno’s answer was the famous sentence “the honour of a Spanish patriot is not for sale”. He was tried and sentenced to death penalty on the 9 August 18010, when he was executed by garotte. His mortal remains lay in the cemetery of the San Idelfonso parish, where it is the death record by the priest Mr Francisco de Paula Romera y Gonzalez, in the book 16 of Burial, folio 142: “Mr Vicente Moreno. Garotte. In the town of Granada, on the tenth day of August in the afternoon, he died in front of the church’s door. Mr Vicente Moreno, born in Antequera, husband of Ms María Velasco and First Captain of the Malaga Regiment, and he was buried in the burial ground of the San Idelfonso parish-church by the Caridad Brotherhood of the mentioned town and in witness therefore I sign”.
C/ Infante Don Fernando. Delante de Edificio San Luis