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The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt, Matthew Oyos


The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt, Matthew Oyos

The Spanish-American War of 1898 was brief but decisive, marking the United States as a world power, Theodore Roosevelt as a national hero, and the Rough Riders as a legendary force in winning the independence of Cuba from Spain. This volunteer cavalry regiment was one of the most colorful ever assembled, with lawyers, cowboys and ranchers, actors and musicians, hunters and trappers, football players, Indian fighters, ivy-league scholars, and blacksmiths proving equal to each other in stoic bravery. Commanding them, inspiring them, dashing through gunfire, was the ebullient Colonel Roosevelt. The Rough Riders, published the year after the splendid little war, is Roosevelt's account of the mustering of the regiment, the perils endured, and the horseback charge up Kettle Hill during the battle for the San Juan Heights. It offers many glimpses of the heroic men who quickly won the hearts of Americans. This Bison Books edition gathers eleven important photographs from earlier editions of the work and also contains two new maps and an index.

About the Author

Introducer Matthew M. Oyos is a professor of history at Radford University in Virginia.

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Publication date

1st June 1998


Theodore Roosevelt, Matthew Oyos

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University of Nebraska Press


316 pages


History of the Americas
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Warfare & defence



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