The Rough Riders

The Rough Riders

by Theodore IV Roosevelt
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The Rough Riders by Theodore IV Roosevelt

The "Rough Riders" was the name bestowed on the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, one of three such regiments raised in 1898 for the Spanish-American War and the only one of the three to see action.

The United States army was weakened and left with little manpower after the Civil War roughly 30 years prior. As a result, President William McKinley called upon 1,250 volunteers to assist in the war efforts. Leonard Wood, a doctor who served as the medical advisor for both the President and secretary of war, was appointed the position of Colonel of The Rough Riders with Theodore Roosevelt serving as Lieutenant-Colonel.

Lieutenant-Colonel Roosevelt used his political influence gained as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, to ensure that 'his' volunteer cavalry regiment would be properly equipped to serve as any regular unit of the U.S. Army. "They succeeded in getting their cartridges, revolvers, clothing, shelter-tents, and horse gear ... and in getting the regiment armed with the Krag-Jorgensen carbine used by the regular cavalry." Officers of the regiment each received a new lever-action M1895 Winchester rifle. A last minute gift from a wealthy donor were a pair of modern gas-operated M1895 Colt-Browning machine guns.

In contrast, the uniforms of the regiment were designed to set the unit apart. "The Rough Rider uniform was a slouch hat, blue flannel shirt, brown trousers, leggings, and boots, with handkerchiefs knotted loosely around their necks. They looked exactly as a body of cowboy cavalry should look."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935785637
Publisher: Bottom of the Hill Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt served as the 26th President of the United States. Prior to becoming America's youngest president, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, an Army officer who became a war hero after commanding the First United States Volunteer Cavalry, better known as the legendary "Rough Riders," Governor of New York, and Vice President of the United States.

Hal Moroz is an Attorney & Counselor at Law, as well as a former Judge. He served as both a county Judge and a city Chief Judge. He is a former candidate for the United States Congress, as well as a retired U.S. Army officer. Judge Moroz served in the Airborne Infantry, and was a modern era company commander in a regiment mentioned in The Rough Riders.

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Leonard065 More than 1 year ago
This is a great read and insight into one of America's great leaders. A first hand look at a young officer's developing leadership skills that would soon lead to the White House.
toledojeff More than 1 year ago
Great book gives history with the everyday drudge of a soldger. Some comical this about teddy. Great read
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