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 Rough Riders Guidon
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Rough Riders Guidon

Date: 1898
Catalog #: 10643    Accession #: 46684
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 27.5" H x 39" W

Physical Description

Swallows tail guidon of red and white material. The white 1 on the red indicates the 1st U. S. Volunteer Calvary. The red L on the white indicates it is the L Troop.

Specific History

This guidon was carried in all the engagements in Cuba, 1898. It was given to the widow of Captain Allyn Capron.

General History

Captain Allyn Capron was the son of West Point graduate E. Allyn Capron. Both father and son were killed-in -action. The younger Capron was killed during the Spanish-American War on 24 June 1898. A contemporary report stated: "It was predicted that the Rough Riders would give a good account of themselves, but few were prepared for such an exhibition of dash and bravery as was witnessed in their first fight with the enemy on June 24, 1898. Captain Allyn Capron, Jr. stood behind his men, revolver in hand, using it whenever a Spaniard exposed himself. His aim was sure, and two of the enemy were seen to fall under his fire. Just as he was preparing to take another shot, and shouting orders to his men at the same time, his revolver dropped from his grasp and he fell to the ground with a rifle ball through his body. His troop was badly disconcerted for a moment, but with all of the strength he could muster, he cried "Don't mind me boys, go on and fight." He was carried from the field as soon as possible, and lived for only a few more hours.


Country: Cuba
War: Spanish American War
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