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Then nature slammed the door on an already declining Badlands economy. By the time Roosevelt and Carow exchanged vows in London on December 2, , a punishing blizzard had swept the territory—burying grass, denying fodder to increasingly desperate cattle, plunging temperatures into the minus 40s and stacking foot snowdrifts along river bluffs. By spring three-quarters of the cattle that had wintered in the Badlands were dead. When Roosevelt returned to the Badlands in April, he hoped to find enough living cattle to rebuild the herd.
For the first time, I have been utterly unable to enjoy a visit to my ranch.
I shall be glad to get home. During his tenure in the Badlands, he had remained a presence in Eastern politics. Although he held no office, his reputation was such that people were interested in whom he was supporting for president in Even after the election, he continued to attract interest, due to his role as a Progressive reform politician. His political life soon revived.
The Democrat won, but Roosevelt barely paused to lick his wounds, leaving almost immediately for England and marriage. By spring , he not only was physically fit and remarried but also had resumed care of his daughter and was reentering the world of the career politician. Roosevelt had met and conquered the challenges that had brought him to the Badlands, rebuilding his life and setting his political career on a vector that would lead to the White House.
The effects of his Western years would echo throughout his life. Witnessing firsthand the loss of game to uncontrolled hunting, as well as the destruction of grasslands by overgrazing, Roosevelt became an active conservationist. In May , Roosevelt sold his remaining cattle and Elkhorn Ranch to one of his managers.
On the plus side, Roosevelt had gained physical and emotional health. Roosevelt had made friends among the cowboys and begun to establish the broad support he would need in presidential politics. He solidified his cowboy image in Cuba in July as the mounted Spanish-American War hero who led the vaunted Rough Riders volunteer cavalrymen mostly from Western states on a bold charge up Kettle Hill. He capitalized on that image to become governor of New York, vice president under President William McKinley and president when McKinley was assassinated in President William McKinley, roused from a deep sleep by an aide at a.
The battleship Maine had exploded in Havana harbor with heavy loss of life. The Maine was sunk by an act of dirty treachery on the part of the Spaniards, I believe; though we shall never find out definitely, and officially it will go down as an accident. He was certainly correct about the latter.
A naval board of inquiry concluded that the Maine had been destroyed by a submarine mine of unknown origin. Predictably, Spain issued a report stating that the cause of the explosion had been internal. Americans who did not work in the White House or on Wall Street thought little of such formal deliberations. They only cared that American sailors were dead, and they wanted a reckoning. That day of reckoning was at hand, for the rusted, antiquated Spanish empire had prolonged its existence for far too long.
It was not the sinking of the Maine , not the rantings of the yellow press, nor the jingoistic dreams of American imperialists that brought on the war of — it was the incredible incompetence, myopic short-sightedness, and stunning brutality of the Spanish imperialists in Cuba that made conflict inevitable. A string of cruel acts in Cuba had enraged Americans for more than a generation. In , five years into a Cuban uprising, a Spanish warship captured the American steamer Virginius as it attempted to deliver guns, ammunition, and medical supplies to Cuban patriots.
Four rebel leaders aboard the Virginius were subsequently shot, decapitated, and their heads displayed on pikes. Captain Joseph Fry and 48 of his crewmen were summarily executed by firing squad. Spain reluctantly released the survivors of the Virginius and paid a small indemnity, but the bloody incident was not forgotten in the United States.
The Spanish seemed intent on breaking the Cuban people in a desperate bid to continue the pretense of their position as a world power. In America, President Grover Cleveland was stridently against intervention. He could take solace as he left office in March that his successor, William McKinley, held similar views. The business interests in the country adamantly opposed war, as did most of the leading men in Congress. When the Spanish government recalled Weyler and granted more autonomy to Cuba it seemed that the crisis might pass.
Yet nothing could silence the Cuban cry for freedom. The American people fumed with indignation over Cuba, idealizing the insurgents as soulmates of the American revolutionaries of Their slow-burning anger needed just a spark to explode in rightful wrath. The Maine was that spark. War advocates had their man in the year-old Roosevelt, who had worked hard for a year to improve the navy. President McKinley, T. Roosevelt, although liked and respected by both McKinley and Secretary of the Navy John Long, found himself increasingly isolated within the administration and the Republican Party. The president would no longer see him, while Long simply humored him.
Roosevelt found solace in his correspondence and talks with influential expansionists such as Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, naval officers Alfred Thayer Mahan and George Dewey, and, most importantly, army Captain Leonard Wood.
Wood and Roosevelt had met the previous June, and their jingoistic sensibilities and mutual love of football and vigorous walks led to an instant and warm friendship. Bored with private practice, he had gone west, hiring on as a contract surgeon with the army in Arizona and winning high praise and eventually the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic service during the campaign against the Apache leader, Geronimo. Promoted to captain and assistant surgeon in the regular army in , Wood was transferred to Washington, D. McKinley, who suffered from epilepsy.
When Roosevelt came to Washington in the spring of as assistant secretary of the navy, he found himself somewhat in awe of Captain Wood.
Mckinley made a last ditch effort for peace, demanding that Spain declare an armistice in Cuba as of April 1, The Spanish government hesitated, then finally agreed to end the fighting on the island and to submit the Maine question to arbitration. Only the question of Cuban independence re Maine d.
By then, however, it was too late. On April 19, the Senate and House of Representatives passed a joint resolution calling for American armed intervention to secure Cuban independence, while disclaiming any designs on annexing the island. On April 23 Spain declared war on the United States, who reciprocated two days later. McKinley called for , volunteers to augment the 28,man regular army. Young men from every section of the country rallied to his call. They were anxious to prove themselves equal to the task and worthy of their place as Americans.
Among the first to volunteer was the man who had perhaps been the leading advocate for war — Theodore Roosevelt.
Everyone was astonished by this act. His wife, Edith, opposed it, as did best friend Henry Cabot Lodge. Roosevelt wisely declined because of his lack of military experience, suggesting that Leonard Wood be named colonel and that he go as second-in-command. Alger agreed. The First U. Regiment of Volunteer Cavalry was to be recruited in the southwestern territories, with men to be raised in New Mexico, in Arizona, 80 in Oklahoma, and from the Indian Territory.
Born in Ireland, he had come to Arizona in He was working as a journalist for the Tombstone Epitaph at the time of the O. Corral gunfight and soon had his own reputation for gunplay as the hard-riding sheriff of Yavapai County. Dedicated to the cause of Arizona statehood, he was now prepared for the greatest wager of his life. By May 4, recruits were gathered in the Prescott plaza. Accompanied by Josephine, a rather ill-tempered young mountain lion given to the troops as a mascot by a local saloon owner, they boarded trains amidst much fanfare and set off for their San Antonio training station.
New Mexico Governor Miguel Otero wasted no time in recruiting troops and a remarkable corps of officers.
Captain George Curry, the strapping former sheriff of Lincoln County, had known both Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, while Captain Maximiliano Luna belonged to one of the most prominent Hispanic families in the territory. Within days they were augmented by a remarkable contingent of about 50 well-to-do easterners. These Ivy League friends of Roosevelt included some of the best athletes and richest young men in America. The westerners initially viewed them with skepticism, and not a little contempt, but were soon won over.
Roosevelt did not arrive in San Antonio until May He had remained in Washington to secure weapons, uniforms, and supplies for the regiment. Many were at first unimpressed with his somewhat comical appearance, but that quickly changed. He may wear out some day, but he will never rust out. That same Sunday morning, the Rough Riders — 1, strong with 1, horses and mules — began boarding Southern Pacific Railroad cars for the journey to Tampa, Florida, their jump-off point for Cuba.
All was confusion in Tampa. Weighing more than pounds and afflicted with various ailments that did little to sweeten a notoriously foul temperament, Shafter was totally unfit to lead an expeditionary force into the tropics.