The "Rough Riders" were volunteer cavalry unit in the Spanish American war.
The Rough Riders were the 1st Volunteer Cavalry Units of the United States during the Spanish War and the only one to be involved in the combat. It was an unorganized, small and understaffed troops as compared to the troops of the American Civil war.
The troop of the Volunteers were organized by the order of President William Mckinley in order to strengthen the ground force for better assistance during the War. Around 125,000 riders were employed as volunteers to the troops during the war. The troop was also sometimes called “Wood’s Weary Walker” as its first commander was, Colonel Leonard Wood.
During May 1998 around 1060 Rough Riders along with more than 1258 horses and mules were sent to the Southern Pacific railroad to set off to Cuba. On arriving Cuba on 23rd June 1898 the troops unloaded themselves and waited for the further order. The troops lacked an adequate amount of supplies and transportation facilities and were even unskilled. All these served as a demerit t the troop's members who were to see the combat.
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Grade: High school
Subject: US History
Chapter: Rough Riders
Keywords: Rough Riders, 1st Volunteer Cavalry, United States, Spanish War, American Civil war, President, William Mckinley, Wood’s Weary Walker, Colonel Leonard Wood, Southern Pacific railroad, Cuba