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Rough Riders

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  1. the members of a volunteer regiment of cavalry organized by Theodore Roosevelt and Leonard Wood for service in the Spanish-American War.
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Examples from the Web for rough riders

Historical Examples

  • Kazak fabrics are usually the sleeping-blankets of the Kazak (Cossack) rough-riders.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • The rough-riders had all tried him, but could make nothing of him.

  • Most of them are in blue, but our rough-riders are in brown.

    Letters to His Children

    Theodore Roosevelt

  • He had beaten off all the rough-riders, grooms, and jockeys in that part of the country.

  • Nigel and Hildebrand bade their regiment of rough-riders turn about and make for the river bank.

    The Mercenary

    W. J. Eccott


rough riders in Culture

Rough Riders

The nickname of a volunteer group of cavalry led by Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War. They were famous for a victorious charge at the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba.

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