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GUZMAN, Agustin, Guatemalan soldier, born in Quezaltenango in the latter part of the 18th century; died in Guatemala, 12 October, 1849. After the independence of Central America was established. Guzman joined the Federalists, and for his capture of the fortress of Omoa was promoted general in 1829. In February, 1840, he was taken prisoner, carried to Guatemala, and thrown into a dungeon. On 18 March, General Morazan captured the city and liberated him. but the next day was driven out. Guzman remained in hiding in Guatemala, emigrating afterward to Salvador. In August, 1848, Carrera's government fell, and Guzman returned, but when Carrera regained power, 9 August, 1849, Guzman was again persecuted. The Liberal party chose him for their military leader, and he made a daring attempt on the city of Guatemala in the night of 12 October, and had captured the main square, when a cannonball killed him, and his followers fled.
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