The Rough Riders

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1899 - Spanish-American War, 1898 - 336 pages
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President Roosevelt's personal narrative of his adventures during the Spanish-American War. The Rough Riders were a uniquely American crew of cowboys, scholars, land speculators, American Indians, and African Americans, and this volume chronicles their triumphs and defeats with riveting and engrossing detail. Also includes the list of men who he commanded and letters of recommendation for the Medal of Honor.

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The material is clearly unabridged TR as he was at the time of the Spanish American war. He briefly memorializes many of the men he served with, some of whom are easily recognizable to any US history ... Read full review

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User Review  - gpaisley - LibraryThing

TR is a great man, but a poor writer. Really could have used an editor to make this easier to read and follow. It reads almost like a journal with several lists of names of people he knew, but doesn't develop. Read full review

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Page 299 - THE ADJUTANT-GENERAL UNITED STATES ARMY, Washington, DC (Through military channels) SIR : I have the honor to invite attention to the following list of officera and enlisted men who specially distinguished themselves in the action at Las Guasimas, Cuba, June 24, 1898.
Page 145 - ... began to get a little uneasy and to drift to the rear, either helping wounded men, or saying that they wished to find their own regiments. This I could not allow, as it was depleting my line, so I jumped up, and walking a few yards to the rear, drew my revolver, halted the retreating soldiers, and called out to them that I appreciated the gallantry with which they had fought and would be sorry to hurt them, but that I should shoot the first man who, on any pretence whatever, went to the rear.
Page 60 - Accordingly, I ran at full speed to our train ; and leaving a strong guard with the baggage, I double-quicked the rest of the regiment up to the boat, just in time to board her as she came into the quay, and then to hold her against the Second Regulars and the Seventy-first, who had arrived a little too late, being a shade less ready than we were in the matter of individual initiative.
Page 53 - Everywhere we saw the Stars and Stripes, and everywhere we were told, half -laughing, by grizzled exConfederates that they had never dreamed in the bygone days of bitterness to greet the old flag as they now were greeting it, and to send their sons, as now they were sending them, to fight and die under it.
Page 6 - T believed I could learn to command the regiment in a month, yet that it was just this very month which I could not afford to spare, and that therefore I would be quite content to go as Lieutenant-Colonel, if he would make Wood Colonel. This was entirely satisfactory to both the President and Secretary, and, accordingly, Wood and I were speedily commissioned as Colonel and Lieutenant-Colonel of the First United States Volunteer Cavalry.
Page 282 - Our present camps are as healthy as any camps at this end of the island can be. I write only because I cannot see our men, who have fought so bravely and who have -endured extreme hardship and danger so uncomplainingly, go to destruction without striving so far as lies in me to avert a doom as fearful as it is unnecessary and undeserved.
Page 283 - This army must be moved at once or perish. As the army can be safely moved now, the persons responsible for preventing such a move will be responsible for the unnecessary loss of many thousands of lives.
Page 136 - The infantry got nearer and nearer the crest of the hill. At last we could see the Spaniards running from the rifle-pits as the Americans came on in their final rush. Then I stopped my men for fear they should injure their comrades, and called to them to charge the next line of trenches, on the hills in our front, from which we had been undergoing a good deal of punishment. Thinking that the men would all come, I jumped over the wire fence in front of us and started at the double ; but, as a matter...
Page 149 - There were three big iron pots, one filled with beef-stew, one with boiled rice, and one with boiled peas; there was a big demijohn of rum (all along the trenches which the Spaniards held were empty wine and liquor bottles); there were a number of loaves of rice-bread; and there were even some small cans of preserves and a few salt fish. Of course, among so many men, the food, which was equally divided, did not give very much to each, but it freshened us all. Soon after dark, General Wheeler, who...
Page 19 - All — Easterners and Westerners, Northerners and Southerners, officers and men, cow-boys and college graduates, wherever they came from, and whatever their social position — possessed in common the traits of hardihood and a thirst for adventure. They were to a man born adventurers, in the old sense of the word.

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