22 Facts About Rough Riders


Rough Riders was a nickname given to the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, one of three such regiments raised in 1898 for the Spanish–American War and the only one to see combat.

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The Rough Riders would receive more publicity than any other Army unit in that war, and they are best remembered for their conduct during the Battle of San Juan Hill, though it is seldom mentioned how heavily they outnumbered Spanish soldiers who opposed them.

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The bar is still open and serves as a tribute to the Rough Riders, containing much of their and Theodore Roosevelt's uniforms and memories.

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Regardless, The Rough Riders pushed forward toward the outpost along with the regulars.

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The battle lasted an hour and a half from beginning to end with The Rough Riders suffering eight dead and 31 wounded, including Captain Allyn K Capron Jr.

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Rough Riders sent messengers to seek out one of the generals and coax orders from them to advance from their position.

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Finally, the Rough Riders received orders to assist the regulars in their assault on the hill's front.

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Rough Riders later claimed that he wished to fight on foot as he did at Las Guasimas, but that would have made it too difficult to move up and down the hill to supervise his men effectively.

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Rough Riders recognized that he could see his men better from the elevated horseback, and they could see him better as well.

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Rough Riders stated that it was his opinion that they could not effectively take the hill due to an insufficient ability to effectively return fire, and that the solution was to charge it full-on.

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The Rough Riders followed him with enthusiasm and obedience without hesitation.

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Rough Riders played a key role in the outcome of the Spanish–American War by assisting the American forces in forming a constricting ring around the city of Santiago de Cuba.

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Rough Riders was discovered with a rifle and boxes of ammunition and was, of course, sent ashore before departure from the United States.

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Rough Riders was taken in by the regiment that was left behind, given a small Rough Riders uniform, and made an honorary member.

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The Rough Riders continued to have annual reunions in Las Vegas until 1967, when the sole veteran to attend was Jesse Langdon.

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Rough Riders never made it to Cuba, having been a member of H Troop, one of the four left behind in Tampa.

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Rough Riders was the penultimate surviving member of the regiment and the only one to attend the final two reunions, in 1967 and 1968.

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Rough Riders died on 29 June 1975, at the age of 94,26 months after Brito.

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Rough Riders had selected 18 officers and directed them to actively recruit volunteer troops shortly after the United States entered the war.

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Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders were popularly portrayed in Wild West shows such as Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World and in minstrel shows such as William H West's Big Minstrel Jubilee.

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Roosevelt himself had a hand in popularizing the legends of the Rough Riders, recruiting Mason Mitchell, a fellow Rough Rider with theatrical talent, to perform for the Republican State Committee of New York.

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Rough Riders is a silent film released in 1927 and directed by Victor Fleming.

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