The Rough Riders

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Banded together to fight for their nation against the Spanish were men of all ranks of society. A man named Henry Nash, a common thief on the run from the law was now on the same team with his Captain, Sheriff Buckey O'Neil. O'Neil had been a legendary frontier sheriff who now owned the responsibility of turning these common men into killing soldiers. Men of the finest education were together with renegades, such as Craig Wadsworth, who surprised Nash when he proved to be an outstanding horseman. All of these men who would have turned their heads instead of looking at each other in the streets, now came together, fought together, and fought for one another.

Every man was under the direction of the infamous Theodore Roosevelt, who had a high education with a bit of cowboy in him. He had many accomplishments throughout his life. Before becoming a Rough Rider he had been a Governor and most previously Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

He was now following the lead of Colonel Leonard Woods.

Every Yankee within the Rough Riders was teamed together with the Buffalo Soldiers, the black regiment, under the leadership of "Black Jack" Pershing and under the order of the southern Senator Joe Wheeler, who was a former general in the confederate army. He was the cavalry's Commander in Cuba.

These men learned to fight like soldiers in just a few days time and were introduced to new, more technological weaponry. On the way to war the men were almost left behind. They needed to get to the ship in Florida fast to leave for war when they had more than a days marching to do, and only officers went on horse. The men improvised and stole themselves a train to beat the other troops to...