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Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914).  Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen.  1904.

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with him at their head, through a hail of Spanish bullets, the men dropping by twos and threes as they ran.
  “When they came 1 to the open, smooth hillside there was no protection. Bullets were raining down at them, and shot and shells from the batteries were sweeping everything. There was a moment’s hesitation, and then came the order: ‘Forward! charge!’ Lieutenant-Colonel Roosevelt led, waving his sword. Out into the open the men went, and up the hill. Death to every man seemed certain. The crackle of the Mauser rifles was continuous. Out of the brush came the riders. Up, up they went, with the colored troops alongside of them, not a man flinching, and forming as they ran. Roosevelt was a hundred feet in the lead. Up, up they went in the face of death, men dropping from the ranks at every step. The Rough-Riders acted like veterans. It was an inspiring sight and an awful one.
  “Astounded by the madness of the rush, the Spaniards exposed themselves. This was a fatal mistake. The Tenth Cavalry (the colored
Note 1. This was the account we read in the New York “Sun.” [ back ]

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