They Were the Rough Riders

Inside Theodore Roosevelt’s Famed Cavalry Regiment

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About the Book

After just four weeks of training, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders—a regiment of cowboys recruited into the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry—fought in Cuba during the Spanish–American War with the skill of seasoned regulars. The unit reflected the future president’s character as a wealthy Ivy Leaguer who went west to experience frontier life. Most of the Rough Riders were seasoned cowhands from the Southwest, but Ivy League athletes, sons of millionaires and lawmen filled out the ranks. Roosevelt molded this diverse group into a cohesive, efficient fighting force and led them to victory on San Juan Hill. Told from the perspective of the men in the regiment, this book traces the history of the Rough Riders from conception to disbanding, and Roosevelt’s transformation into an American hero.

About the Author(s)

Richard E. Killblane is an Army veteran and retired Department of Army historian, and the author of several books. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Richard E. Killblane
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 300
Bibliographic Info: 93 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8714-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4548-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Chapter 1. Oklahoma National Guard 7
Chapter 2. Mustering the Troops 22
Chapter 3. Make Yourselves Like Regular Soldiers 38
Chapter 4. Tampa: Hell Won’t Be So Crowded 73
Chapter 5. Baptism of Fire 112
Chapter 6. A Crowded Hill 150
Chapter 7. The Siege 173
Chapter 8. Paper War 187
Chapter 9. Following the Drum 215
Chapter 10. After the War 246
Chapter Notes 275
Bibliography 283
Index 287