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Diary of Theodore Roosevelt from April 16 to August 20, 1898

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Diary kept by Theodore Roosevelt while training for and fighting in the Spanish-American War. Entries from San Antonio, Texas, Tampa, Florida, and Santiago, Cuba. He comments on the activities of the Rough Riders, individual soldiers and war events. 

Resource Type: Diary

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Armed Forces; War; Soldiers; Texas--San Antonio; Florida--Tampa; Cuba--Santiago de Cuba Region; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st

Date: 1898

The capture of Santiago

Description:

Score commemorating the capture of Santiago, Cuba, in which Colonel Roosevelt led the Rough Riders up Kettle Hill. The song is dedicated to “Theodore Roosevelt-An American of the Highest Sense.” Cover is a teal and red design with a photographic portrait of William Frederick Peters.

Resource Type: Music, Sheet

Subject: Santiago, Battle of (Santiago de Cuba, Cuba : 1898); Spanish-American War (1898); Battles--Songs and music; Cuba--Santiago de Cuba; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1898

Diary of W. M. Parke

Description:

W. M. Parke records landing in Cuba and describes the landscape, pests, and living conditions. Parke recounts marching uphill, looking for water while drenched, and finding both water and Spanish wine. Parke also mentions marching forward as an advance guard under General Wheeler. He describes a skirmish and details positions of the troops, including a hand drawn map of the trail with the positions of Rough Riders, 2nd Cavalry, and 10th Cavalry.

Resource Type: Diary

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Military service, Voluntary; War; Skirmishing; Mauser rifle; Cuba--Guantánamo; Cuba--Santiago de Cuba; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st; Wheeler, Joseph, 1836-1906

Date: 1898-06

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Kermit Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt writes to Kermit Roosevelt from a troop ship in Tampa Bay, Florida while waiting to ship out to Santiago. Roosevelt discusses being separated from Marshall and his horses, doing his own laundry, and how Robert Munro Ferguson sleeps on deck because his bunk is too hot.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Ships; Horses; Laundry; Cuba--Santiago de Cuba; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st; Ferguson, Robert Harry Munro, 1868-1922

Date: 1898-06-10

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Cabot Lodge

Description:

Writing from the trenches outside of Santiago, Cuba, just after the Battle of San Juan Hill, Theodore Roosevelt thought that the event that would make his political career--the campaign in Cuba--appeared to be on the verge of becoming a catastrophe. Within a few months of writing this letter, Roosevelt would be elected governor of New York; in 1900 he was elected vice president.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); San Juan Hill, Battle of (Cuba : 1898); Cuba--Santiago de Cuba; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st

Date: 1898-07-03

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Ethel Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt describes for his daughter Ethel Roosevelt the heavy rain at his camp near Santiago, Cuba, and how a bad night storm ruined his hammock and tent. He also describes the birds in the area and a particularly funny little lizard.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Rain and rainfall; Camping--Equipment and supplies; Lizards--Behavior; Birds; Cuba--Santiago de Cuba Region

Date: 1898-07-15

A Cuban idyl

Description:

Poem about a soldier suffering from yellow fever in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

Resource Type: Poem

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Yellow fever; Communicable diseases; Soldiers--Diseases; Soldiers--Death; Cuba--Santiago de Cuba; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st

Date: 1898-07-24

Letter from Charles R. Greenleaf to Alice White Greenway

Description:

Charles R. Greenleaf was briefly in Cuba checking on the spread of yellow fever and seeing many Rough Riders, but not learning their names. He will write if he hears anything about John Campbell Greenway. The Greenway name brought back memories of Greenleaf's "pleasantest years" spent in Huntsville, Alabama.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Yellow fever; Cuba--Santiago de Cuba; Puerto Rico; Alabama--Huntsville; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st; Greenway, John Campbell, 1872-1926

Date: 1898-08-12

Letter from Harriet C. Carter to John Campbell Greenway

Description:

Harriet C. Carter is distressed at the government sending regiments from southern camps to Montauk, New York, and fears Greenway will "find things in a sad state of unreadiness." A package has been sent to Greenway with items that she hopes will be useful.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Military service, Voluntary; Combat; Quarantine; New York (State)--Montauk Point; New York (State)--New York--Brooklyn; Cuba--Santiago de Cuba; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st

Date: 1898-08-12

To Roosevelt's Rough Riders

Description:

David Gregory describes, in a two-stanza poem, the battle of San Juan Hill and the defeat of the Spaniards that was led by "gallant Wood and our own Ted."

 

Resource Type: Poem

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); San Juan Hill, Battle of (Cuba : 1898); Spaniards; Mauser rifle; Cuba--Santiago de Cuba; United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Wood, Leonard, 1860-1927

Date: 1898-1900

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