Friday, October 9, 2009

In Cuba

16"x20" Watercolor

At the outbreak of the Spanish American War, the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments consisted of 875 African-American soldiers. The two cavalry regiments also included 42 officers who, by law, had to be white. Buffalo Soldiers were the first to reach the crest of San Juan Hill. Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders rushed from adjacent Kettle Hill to join the fighting on San Juan Hill after the Buffalo Soldiers were engaging Spanish forces along the crest.

My grandfather served in the U.S. Army in the Spanish American War in Cuba in 1898, where he contracted malaria and survived. This image was painted in his honor.

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