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Oklahoma Rough Rider recounts McGinty’s exploits on the battlefield and later on the stage. It contains his firsthand account of how he ...
Oklahoma Rough Rider recounts McGinty’s exploits on the battlefield and later on the stage. It contains his firsthand account of how he began cowboying at fourteen and went on to become a world champion bronco buster. After the Spanish-American War, he performed in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show and won the Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Great Westerner award. Yet his colorful career has remained largely untold—until now.
Editors Jim Fulbright and Albert Stehno provide historical context for McGinty’s story—especially his common-soldier’s view of the war with Spain as the Rough Riders voyaged from Port Tampa to Cuba and into the heart of battle. When he died at age ninety, McGinty had accomplished many things, but none made him as proud as having served with Roosevelt. McGinty’s story, with more than two dozen photographs, takes readers on the charge up San Juan Hill—and on to points West—to attest to his wide-ranging adventures.
List of Illustrations
Pt. I 1898-1901
1 Into Action with the Rough Riders 3
2 The Push to Santiago and San Juan Hill 27
3 Surrender, Occupation, and Homeward Bound 47
4 Footloose and Free 68
5 The Buffalo Bill Show 90
6 Cowboys, Characters, and Show Shenanigans 112
Pt. II 1902-1961
7 Back Home in Oklahoma 139
8 To the Last Man 171