In April, 1898, TR resigned his position as Assistant Secretary of the Navy to join the 1st Volunteer Cavalry. He wrote to a friend that "for the last year I have preached war with Spain. I should feel distinctly ashamed if I now failed to practice what I have preached." He went to war in uniforms made by Brooks Brothers, 11 extra pairs of eyeglasses, and several felt Rough Rider hats.


  • Title: Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Rider Hat
  • Date Created: c. 1898
  • Physical Dimensions: H 15.3 cm, W 30.5 cm
  • Subject Keywords: United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st, Military uniforms, Clothing and dress, Spanish-American War (1898)
  • Contributor: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, National Park Service
  • Medium: Felt

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