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Rough Riders


We sank their navy in an action that lasted only twenty minutes, stormed at by shot and shell, Teddy and his Rough Riders took the hill at Santiago—it was all over, as you well know, in a few months.
Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  volunteer cavalry regiment, commanded by Theodore Roosevelt (long before he was elected President), that served in the Spanish-American War (1898)
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The Rough Riders were largely recruited for horsemanship. But ironically, lack of transport for their horses resulted in most the Rough Riders fighting on foot.

They and Theodore Roosevelt fought with valor. Although Roosevelt already had a history of successful government service (having retired as Secretary of the Navy to go into battle with the Rough Riders), fame from The Battle at San Juan Hill helped propel his political career and subsequently helped his campaigns for governor of New York and president of the United States.
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  • We sank their navy in an action that lasted only twenty minutes, stormed at by shot and shell, Teddy and his Rough Riders took the hill at Santiago—it was all over, as you well know, in a few months.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • In fact, ever since that epic moment in 1898 when Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charged up San Juan Hill to liberate Cuba from Spain, the Cuban-U.S. relationship was mostly peaceful, free of tension, and, in a word, easy.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • There was disarray in the fairgrounds, but not next door on the fifteen acres of ground leased by Buffalo Bill for his show, which now bore the official title "Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Ichabod became the object of whimsical persecution to Bones and his gang of rough riders.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Rough Riders [9] , War of 1812 [7] , Louisiana Purchase [8] , Spanish-American War [8] , California Gold Rush [9] , Monroe Doctrine [9]
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