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Rough Riders

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Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 64,364 / 185 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,511
Added to site: 2004.07.24
mnybks.net#: 8874
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, War, Adventure

Roosevelt’s personal account of his experiences commanding the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War.

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from Virginia, Maryland, and the Northeastern States, at Washington. Before allowing them to be sworn in, I gathered them together and explained that if they went in they must be prepared not merely to fight, but to perform the weary, monotonous labor incident to the ordinary routine of a soldier's life; that they must be ready to face fever exactly as they were to face bullets; that they were to obey unquestioningly, and to do their duty as readily if called upon to garrison a fort as if sent to the front. I warned them that work that was merely irksome and disagreeable must be faced as readily as work that was dangerous, and that no complaint of any kind must be made; and I told them that they were entirely at liberty not to go, but that after they had once signed there could then be no backing out.

Not a man of them backed out; not one of them failed to do his whole duty.

These men formed but a small fraction of the whole. They went down to San Antonio, where the regiment was to gather and w

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