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Veteran of the Cuban rebellions and the Carlists Wars, in July 1898 Arsenio Linares (1848-1914) was the Spanish commander at San Juan Hill. After the end of the war he was appointed Ministry of War.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was Colonel of the 1st Volunteer Cavalry, the famous Rough Riders, and future 26th President of the United States (1901-1909).
Former Confederate cavalry commander during the Civil War, in 1898 the sexagenarian “Fighting Joe” Wheeler (1836-1906) was in command of the Cavalry Division, whose regiments led the assault on San Juan Hill. After Cuba he fought in the Philippines until 1900.
A veteran of the Indian Wars, in 1898 Henry Ware Lawton (1843-1899) was in command of the 2nd Division and will led the costly assault on the Spanish positions at El Caney, defended by Joaquín Vara de Rey. After the end of the war in Cuba he was destined to the Philippines, where he died in action in 1899.