Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders: Topics in Chronicling America
In 1898, Theodore Roosevelt rallied "rough riders" to participate in the Spanish-American war. This guide provides access to materials related to the “Roosevelt's Rough Riders” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
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Led by the fiery Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919) and full of cowboys, athletes and other tough, courageous men, the Rough Riders were legends in the Spanish-American War. This cavalry battled not only guerrilla forces on a hot, humid battle field but also disease and a lack of equipment. The American intervention in this war would largely shape U.S. foreign policy and interventionism. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
April 25, 1898
Teddy Roosevelt given permission to organize a Rough Riders Cavalry, in which he will be Lieutenant Colonel.
Recruitment and preparations.
June 13, 1898
The Rough Riders head to Cuba.
June 20, 1898
Rough Riders not real soldiers.
June 24, 1898
The Battle of Las Guásimas.
July 1-2, 1898
The Battle of San Juan Hill.
July 8, 1898
Colonel Wood and Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt up for promotion.