ROOSEVELT RALLIES HIS "RIDERS" IN SAN ANTONIO

By Bartee Haile.
 
Hundreds of "Rough Riders" descended on San Antonio on May 5, 1898 itching to lend Teddy Roosevelt a hand in kicking the Spaniards out of Cuba. In the crowded lobby of the Menger Hotel, tobacco-chewing cowboys rubbed shoulders with East Coast dandies, one and all anxious to renew acquaintances with the charismatic Roosevelt. The 39 year old assistant secretary of state had resigned to personally conduct the three-week boot camp to whip everybody into shape for the invasion of Cuba.

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