The 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, or “Rough Riders,” were a group of soldiers who fought on horseback during the Spanish-American War. They were led by former White House physician Col. Leonard Wood and future president Theodore Roosevelt. The Rough Riders helped fight the Battle of San Juan Hill, which helped win the war. Many of the members were from Arizona and included cowboys, ranchers and miners. Notable Arizonans included John Campbell Greenway, William “Bucky” O’Neill and future territorial governor Alexander Brodie.
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- "The War in Cuba," The Coconino Weekly Sun, Jan. 2, 1896 (p. 5, column 3)
- "Latest War News," The Argus, July 2, 1898 (p. 1, column 1)
- "War News!" Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner, Aug. 17, 1898 (p. 1, column 3)
- "The Spanish-American War," The Story of Arizona (1919)
- "The Audacious Bucky O'Neill," Arizona Highways, July 1992 (pp. 34-37)
- Rough Rider: Bucky O'Neill of Arizona