Teddy Roosevelt, San Antonio, and the Birth of the Rough Riders
Texas cowboys in Cuba
Written by: Dan Oko
Published: October 29, 2019 at 3:55 pm
Lt. Col. Teddy Roosevelt and the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, pictured in a photo hanging in the Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Photo: Will van Overbeek
Beneath a warm Caribbean sun, down a twisted road from the tattered colonial city Santiago de Cuba, an American soldier stands frozen in time.
It’s a statue, actually, in a small park that commemorates the derring-do of Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, formally known as the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, who helped drive Spain out of Cuba during the Spanish-American War in 1898.