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Underwood Stereoview Photo Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders Yucatan Ship 1898 For Sale
Rare Underwood & Underwood 1898 Stereoview of Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders aboard the "Yucatan" bound for Cuba. The stereoview is in good condition and measures 7" by 3 1/2". There is much jubilation aboard the ship as the Regiment makes way to an uncertain future in Cuba. I will be listing several original images of this famous Regiment & will gladly combine shipping on multiple purchases. Thanks and Happy offerding !!!! Departure from the United States
On 29 May 1898, 1060 Rough Riders and 1258 of their horses and mules
made their way to the Southern Pacific railroad to travel to Tampa,
Florida where they would set off for Cuba. The lot awaited orders for
departure from Major General William Rufus Shafter.
Under heavy prompting from Washington D.C., General Shafter gave the
order to dispatch the troops early before sufficient traveling storage
was available. Due to this problem, only eight of the twelve companies
of The Rough Riders were permitted to leave Tampa to engage in the war.
The many horses and mules were almost entirely left behind on United
States soil. Aside from Lieutenant-Colonel Roosevelt's first hand
mention of deep, heartfelt sorrow from the men left behind; this
situation resulted in a premature weakening of the men. Approximately
one fourth of them who received training had already been lost, most
dying of malaria and yellow fever. This sent the remaining troops into
Cuba with a significant loss in men and morale.
Upon arrival on Cuban shores, the men promptly unloaded themselves
and the small amount of equipment they carried with them. Camp was set
up nearby and the men were to remain there until further orders had been
given to advance. Further supplies were unloaded from the ships over
the next day including the very few horses that were allowed on the
journey. "The great shortcoming throughout the campaign was the utterly
inadequate transportation. If they had been allowed to take our
mule-train, they could have kept the whole cavalry division supplied."Each man was only able to carry a few days worth of food which had to
last them longer and fuel their bodies for rigorous tasks. Even after
only seventy-five percent of the total number of cavalry men was allowed
to embark into Cuba they were still without most all of the horses that
they had so heavily been trained and accustomed to using. They were not
trained as infantry and were not conditioned to doing heavy marching,
especially long distance in hot, humid, and dense jungle conditions.
This ultimately served as a severe disadvantage to the men who had yet
to see combat.