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.|
|May 1898||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.|
|August 15, 1898||The Rough Riders return home.|
|June 24, 1898||Rough Rider Reunion.|