“When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
"The Rough Riders" book was an autobiography by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. He shares the experience of the war period which he fought after resigning his post as assistant secretary of the navy to recruit the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry.
In 1898 with the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, recruiting offices were swamped with patriotic young men, eager to serve in the anticipated conflict. Training began almost immediately, at several posts and stations around the United States.
One of the eager volunteers was the 40-year-old Under Secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt who wanted to enhance his own personal role on the fields of combat. Before all this, he had already made his feelings about armed conflict clear in his comments to the Naval War College that,
"No triumph of peace is quite as great as the supreme triumphs of war"
One of Roosevelt's friends in Washington, D.C. was an Army surgeon, Dr. Leonard Wood, who had served in the Indian Campaigns under General Nelson Miles. just weeks before the mobilization of the Army, Dr. Wood was issued the Medal of Honour for personal heroism during the Apache Campaign in Arizona Territory in the summer of 1886.
Long before his award was issued, Roosevelt and Wood had talked often and passionately about events in Cuba and the prospect of war. "We both felt very strongly that such a war would be as righteous as it would be advantageous to the honor and the interests of the nation", Roosevelt later wrote. "After the blowing up of the Maine, we felt that it was inevitable. We then at once began to try and see that we had our share in it." Although Dr. Wood had combat experience in the West, and in spite of his recently received