battle of san juan hill

I am the flag of the United States of America
My name is Old Glory.

I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America’s halls of justice.
I fly majestically over great institutes of learning.
I stand guard with the greatest military power in the world.
Look up! And see me!

I stand for peace, honor, truth, and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident … I am arrogant.
I am proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher,
my colors a little truer.

I bow to no one.
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped.
I am saluted.
I am respected.
I am revered. I am loved.
And I am feared.

I have fought every battle of every war for more than 200 years…
Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomatox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy,
the deserts of Africa, the cane fields of the Philippines,
the rice paddies and jungles of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,
and a score of places long forgotten by all but those who were with me.

I was there!

I led my soldiers.
I followed them.
I watched over them…
They loved me.
I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima.
I was dirty, battle-worn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me,
and I was proud.

I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries
I have helped set free.
It does not hurt … for I am invincible.
I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country,
and when it is by those with whom I have served in battle … it hurts.
But I shall overcome … for I am strong.

I have slipped the bonds of Earth
and stand watch over the uncharted new frontiers of space
from my vantage point on the moon.

I have been a silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips to be used for bandages
for my wounded comrades on the field of battle.
when I fly at half mast to honor my soldiers…
and when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother at the graveside of her fallen son.

I am proud.
My name is Old Glory.
Dear God … Long may I wave!

The Rough Riders by Mort Kunstler

“Teddy” Roosevelt leads the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry - “Rough Riders” - up Kettle Hill during the Spanish-American War. Limited logistical capacity meant that the Regiment left their horses behind, with only Col. Roosevelt mounted as the men charged the Spanish positions on July 1, 1898.

(National Guard)

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Springfield M1903

Classic American bolt-action rifle chambered in the venerable .30-06 cartridge. The rifle was born as a direct response for a better firearm to replace the Krag, which was outclassed by Mauser rifles used by the Spanish in the Battle of San Juan Hill. The M1903 was a copy of the Mauser action which led to a lawsuit which Mauser won, forcing the U.S government to pay the fines. Although it replaced the Krag, the M1903 was eventually replaced by the M1 Garand, however both rifles saw heavy use in World War II. (GRH)

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Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th US Cavalry (USCT) in Philadelphia, 1898.

To celebrate the close of the Spanish American War, twenty-five thousand regular and volunteer troops of the Federal Army were reviewed by President William McKinley in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 17, 1898. This photo was taken at 13th and Market Streets.

The 10th Cavalry fought with distinction and honor in the Battle of Las Guasimas, the Battle of Tayacoba (where four members were awarded the Medal of Honor), with Colonel Theodore Roosevelt at the Battle of San Juan Hill and the Siege of Santiago de Cuba.

Photographic image made by Williams, Brown & Earle, dealers in stereoscopic views, 918 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia and is from our private collection.

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The Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon,

Designed by the American born Benjamin Hotchkiss, who conducted business out of France, the Hotchkiss Revolving Cannon was a multibarrel cannon that was operated similarly to the Gatling Gun. While the Hotchkiss revolving cannon looks similar to the Gatling gun, the Hotchkiss utilized a different design which proved more reliable than the earlier gatling. Also unlike the Gatling Gun the Hotchkiss was not a machine gun, but a cannon which fired large 37mm explosive rounds with 16oz projectiles.  The gun used five revolving barrels and was top fed with ten round clips. If adequately operated by the loader and gunner, the Hotchkiss could maintain a rate of fire around 70-80 shots per minute.  They were also produced in 40 mm, 47mm, and 57mm.

The cannon performed admirably in testing around 1876-77, and was adopted many nations for naval service.  Originally it was mounted on warships as a defense against torpedo boats and other small, speedy craft.  However some nations, in particular the United States, saw the advantages of using such a weapon in land combat.  At the Battle of San Juan Hill during the Spanish American War a couple of Hotchkiss guns mounted on wagons provided suppression fire as US troops such as Teddy Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders” stormed the Spanish fortifications.  The most prolific user of the Hotchkiss revolving cannon was the French Navy, which purchased 10,000 guns with over 4 million rounds of ammunition. Other users included Britain, Denmark, Austria, Turkey, Russia, and Japan.