Historic Markers Across Florida

Rough Riders Encampment, June 1898

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Location: National Guard Armory, Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 56.933    W 082° 28.989
  27.94888333    -82.48315
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5F58


At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, this area, a sand flat without a tree, but surrounded by an extensive forest, was the camp site of Theodore Roosevelt´s Rough Riders, the most unusual regiment in the history of the U.S. Army.

The Rough Riders (1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment), 1200 strong-included cowboys, Indians, polo players, ranchers, hunters, socialites, lawmen, trappers et al. This hodge podge group left Tampa to fight in the hills of Cuba for their belief that "All men should be free." Teddy and his horsemen became a legend in their own time.

Erected by the 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment Rough Riders, Inc.


City: Tampa, FL