Brands, H. W.
April 2005
Naval History;Apr2005, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p26
The article reports that U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was an unlikely navalist. If Theodore Roosevelt's father had fought in the Civil War, the boy might have become an Army man. It was during Roosevelt's stint at the Navy Department that he gave a speech at the Naval War College that came to be considered his paean to war. And then, having done more than anyone else to precipitate the war, and having prepared the Navy to fight, Roosevelt abruptly resigned his post at the Navy Department as soon as the war began, to volunteer for cavalry service in Cuba.


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