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The Rough Riders

Theodore Roosevelt

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“It was a pleasure to deal with a man of high ideals, who scorned everything mean and base, and who possessed those robust and hardy qualities of body and mind, for the lack of which no merely negative virtue can ever atone.”

“Credit should go with the performance of duty, and not with what is very often the accident of glory.”

“Then there was Micah Jenkins, the Captain of Troop K, a gentle and courteous South Carolinian, on whom danger acted like wine. In action he was a perfect gamecock.”

“Most of the men had simple souls. They could relate facts, but they said very little about what they dimly felt.”

“Again, it was proposed that we should go up the mountains and make our camps there.”

“We did everything possible to keep up the spirits of the men, but it was exceedingly difficult because there was nothing for them to do.”

“Of course, really, those that stayed were entitled to precisely as much honor as those that went.”

“I ended my statement to the colored soldiers by saying: "Now, I shall be very sorry to hurt you, and you don't know whether or not I will keep my word, but my men can tell you that I always do;" whereupon my cow-punchers, hunters, and miners solemnly nodded their heads and commented in chorus, exactly as if in a comic opera, "He always does; he always does!”

“The men worked hard and faithfully. As a rule, in spite of the number of rough characters among them, they behaved very well. One night a few of them went on a spree, and proceeded "to paint San Antonio red." One was captured by the city authorities, and we had to leave him behind us in jail. The others we dealt with ourselves, in a way that prevented a repetition of the occurrence.”

“The Gatlings at Santiago.”

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