The 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, Troop A, Rough Riders fought at the Battle of San Juan Hill, known as the Battle of San Juan Heights. It was a major battle of the Spanish-American War. It proved to be one of the most significant battles of the war, along with the Siege of Santiago, a decisive engagement in deciding the fate of the United States Army campaign in Cuba.
When news arrived of the explosion and sinking of the USS Maine, William “Buckey” O’Neill was Mayor of Prescott, Az. Like most Americans, he was infuriated by the disaster and hungry to join the fight. He and two others raised a volunteer cavalry from the Arizona territory. Known as hardcore Arizona frontiersmen, Buckey would call them “The Rough Riders” and they would become the original and core of the First U.S. Cavalry.
10 x 13 photograph, affixed to a larger mount. Identified on the verso as being photographed by Pach Bros., of NY. A contemporary note attached identifies the troops.
A couple of scrapes at the top away from the images of the men.
Very clear images of these young fighters and a fine example of the Spanish-American War.
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