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Colonel Manuel Isidoro Suárez, Borges maternal great-grandfather, 1799-1846. Decorated by Simón Bolívar, Colonel Suárez is the subject of several of Borges' poems, including "Inscripción Sepulcral," which is quoted below:

His valor passed beyond the Andes.
He fought against mountains and armies.
Audacity was a habit with his sword.
On the plain of Junín he put
a lucky end to the fight
and gave Spanish blood to Peruvian lances.
He wrote his roll of deeds
in prose inflexible as battlesinging trumpets.
He chose an honorable exile.
Now he is a handful of dust and glory.
--Jorge Luis Borges, 1923

(Photo from the Helft Collection)