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Rough Writings: Perspectives on Buckey O'Neill, Pauline M. O'Neill, and Roosevelt's Rough Riders

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It was the most popular war the United States would ever fight. The exuberant fervor of national pride blatantly manipulated by an opportunistic press reached an unprecedented high. Public interest in the 1898 Spanish-American War was particularly captivated by the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, a regiment of a thousand men, all "good shorts and good riders," and recruited largely from the territorial West. Aptly named the Rough Riders, these men proved their fighting prowess when they stormed Kettle Hill and ...
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Overview

It was the most popular war the United States would ever fight. The exuberant fervor of national pride blatantly manipulated by an opportunistic press reached an unprecedented high. Public interest in the 1898 Spanish-American War was particularly captivated by the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, a regiment of a thousand men, all "good shorts and good riders," and recruited largely from the territorial West. Aptly named the Rough Riders, these men proved their fighting prowess when they stormed Kettle Hill and later, San Juan Heights, during the invasion of Cuba. Rough Writings: Perspectives on Buckey O'Neill, Pauline M. O'Neill, and Roosevelt's Rough Riders presents a fresh and compelling look at the lives and times of those who participated in this brief, explosive slice of American history. Each article examines the period from a different point of view and acquaints the reader with the background and drama of some of the people touched by this extraordinary event. Since the victories achieved by the American forces during this time served to propel the U.S. forward on its powerful track as a major player in the international arena, and to revive pride in a country whose national psyche had been severely damaged by the Civil War, this book has an especially important role in recording and preserving the amazing spirit of those times.
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Editorial Reviews

Chuck Parsons
"Janet Lovelady, managing editor for the Sharlot Hall Museum Press, has produced a fascinating group of chapters dealing with many aspects of this era, with the focus on an American whose life ended too soon. Rough Writings will appeal to many audiences: the lawman buff, the cavalry buff, the American history buff, to name but three. There is much new information here, as well as material familiar to all readers." (Chuck Parsons, True West, January 1999)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780927579124
  • Publisher: Hall, Sharlot Museum Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Pages: 84

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[Buckey] O'Neill, "the most many-sided man Arizona ever produced" (as author William McLeod Raine said), epitomized the tough, courageous, independent Westerner so admired by Theodore Roosevelt. "Buckey" (the nickname deriving from his propensity for "bucking the tiger"—going for broke at the faro layouts on Prescott's Whiskey Row) was a genuine Arizona legend who had served as sheriff, judge, newspaperman, Grand Canyon explorer, Arizona booster, Populist politician, husband and father, and, at the time he helped organize the Arizona volunteers for the war, mayor of Prescott. He had a thirst for military glory, dating from his ceremonial work with the Prescott Grays, a spiffily uniformed local militia group, and from his brief tenure as territorial adjutant general. He also had a tendency to emulate the foolhardy practice of many officers of the time, of striding conspicuously up and down in front of his troopers, giving them "confidence." [From Dale L. Walker's, "The Last Rough Riders"]
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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction by Janet Lovelady

"The Last Rough Riders" by Dale L. Walker

Buckey O'Neill, Rough Rider and Fiction Writer by Norm Tessman with a story by Buckey O'Neill

"...The Right Kind of Girl" Pauline M. O'Neill by Anne L. Foster with an article by Pauline M. O'Neill

"That's the Way They Come When They Ain't Worse", "Lieutenant Carter Writes Home to Prescott" by Norm Tessman

"Uniforms of the Cowboy Cavalry" by J. C. Stewart

"Music of the Spanish-American War Era" by Jack L. McSherry, Jr.

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