Teddy’s Roughest Riders

Teddy's Rough Riders book Cover

Jerome Tuccille’s book titled The Roughest Riders: The Untold Story of the Black Soldiers in the Spanish American War (Chicago Review Press, $26.95) reveals that Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders were not as rough as the Buffalo Soldiers’ 9th and 10th Cavalry and 24th and 25th Infantry. The Roughest Riders highlights key battles of the Spanish American War with the immediacy of an eyewitness. While the title suggests an exclusive account of black soldiers in the Spanish American War, actually, the author details a narrative that begins with the Civil War and extends to General Colin Powell’s 1992 dedication of the Buffalo Soldier Monument at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Michael N. Searles, co-editor with Bruce A. Glasrud of Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology

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