During the Spanish-American War, Seth Bullock of Deadwood, South Dakota, volunteered as one of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, becoming captain of Troop A in Grigsby’s Cowboy Regiment.
He had met Teddy Roosevelt in 1884, when Roosevelt was a deputy sheriff in Medora, North Dakota. When Bullock’s good friend Teddy was named president of the United States, the former Rough Rider organized a group of cowboys to ride in the inaugural parade. The photograph above was taken that day, on March 4, 1905, in Washington, D.C.
Although all of the cowboys are identified (including two—39 & 40—we can’t find in the picture!), the stories of their lives are not as well known as their names. Richard Wadsack of Cowboys & Images in Shreveport, Louisiana, bought the above photograph at an e-Bay auction when he found it while searching for photos of Tom Mix. Yes, Tom Mix is one of the cowboys in the photo above, taken before he would become a famous silent screen actor.
“We have only been able to learn the stories of four of the men portrayed,” Richard tells us. “Bullock and Mix, of course; J.H. Minnick, who became one of the founders of the American Quarter Horse Association and who certified its first permanently registered animal, Wimpy P1; and Albe Holmes, superintendent of the Two Johns Mine near Deadwood at the time of this photo.”