Rough Riders -
from the Marguerite Noble Collection
Stories of Arizona Rough Riders,
under the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt, are well known.
February 25, 1898, the United States declared war on Spain. The
call went out for volunteers. In ten days Arizona's quota of 200
men filled, leaving 800 disappointed aspirants behind.
the distinction of being the first group of volunteers in the
U.S. to mobilize. In Cuba the death of their captain, Buckey
O'Neill, of Prescott, had a demoralizing effect on the Arizona
Arizona volunteers left the states, the Phoenix Chapter of the
Grand Army of the Republic presented them with a flag they had
hand sewn. This banner was the first to fly on Cuban soil. It
rests in the State Capitol Building - tattered, weather-worn,
and carrying three bullet holes.
trained in San Antonio. The citizens were tolerant of their
antics. William Owens, of Globe, shot out the lights in a street
car. No punishment. It earned him the name of Shoot-Em-Up-Bill.
issued them were not always under control. One man wrote' "some
of the damn horses bucked like hell." The cowboys of the
regiment earned extra money by breaking the horses for
inexperienced troopers at $10 a head.