ROUGH RIDERS' LINEN MAP
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ROUGH RIDERS' LINEN MAP

When the Spanish-American War erupted in 1898, Roosevelt was serving as assistant naval secretary. Despite protests from friends, family and co-workers, he accepted a position as lieutenant colonel of the 1st Volunteer Cavalry, soon nicknamed the "Rough Riders" by American reporters. The Rough Riders played an important role in the American victory at San Juan Hill. During this battle, Roosevelt also established his flamboyant and heroic leadership abilities.

This map of Cuba, used by the Rough Riders, is printed on cotton fabric, a material which would be much more weather resistant than paper. It was prepared by the War Department's Adjutant General's Office Military Information Division in 1897.

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