The telegraph between Mexico City and Cuernavaca was inaugurated on the 9th of February, 1866. The Ministry of Development built it by orders of Maximilian. Minister Don Luis Robles Pezuela presided the event and sent the first message to the Empress, who was in Cuernavaca: “To you, Your Royal Highness, protector of all that is good, is reserved the glory of receiving the first dispatch of the telegraph, built by the government of our stately sovereign”.
By June of that year the Maximilian Empire was showing signs of downfall. It was during those days that Maximilian, at his chalet at Acapatzingo, received news of the regression of the French forces. The imperialists were killed and the Emperor on his part had to find the help of the Conservative Party.
The Republican forces with the generals Francisco Leyva, Ignacio Figueroa and Ignacio M. Altamirano at the head, from the 1st of January got closer and closer to Cuernavaca. The imperialist General, Joaquin Ayestaran was safeguarding the place and between the 2nd and the 7th of that month the battles continued and the aggressors were able to enter the town, burning some homes.
The Republican forces retreated on the 17th towards the hacienda of Miacatlan. Coronel Paulino Lamadrid, who was with Maximilian at the hacienda of Teja, requested authorization to move rapidly to Cuernavaca with a committee of close to one hundred Austrians. From Cuernavaca they chased the last forces of Leyva. Coronel Lamadrid was killed in Chipitlan and many of the Austrians of his committee were buried in the cemetery of the main church of Cuernavaca, close to where today is the Chapel of el Carmen.
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