1st Lieutenant Thomas Winthrop Hall
Thomas Winthrop Hall (aka: Tom Hall) was a cavalry officer, author, and lawyer. He was born in Ogdensburg, NY in 1862. After graduating from West Point in 1887, he served in Arizona as second lieutenant in the 4th and 10th Cavalry at Forts Huachuca and Apache, from September 29, 1887 until January 1, 1889, when he resigned.
Reenlisting during the Spanish-American War, he served as first
lieutenant and regimental quartermaster for the 1st Volunteer Cavalry from May 2, 1898 until August 1, 1898, when he resigned once more.
While serving with the 1st Cavalry, however, he participated in the battle of Las Guasimas, San Juan, and the siege of Santiago. While with the Rough Riders he suffered a malaria attack upon first landing in Cuba, but continued on duty until the delayed onset of fever nearly took his life. He suffered multiple relapses of the disease for years afterwards.
In civilian life, he became a lawyer in IL (1889), a commandant of cadets at two military schools, and an editor for several publications. By 1889 he had started selling poems and short stories to magazines, and, despite his short life, eventually published nine books. At the age of 37, he died of sunstroke in Hannibal, MO, on August 24, 1900.
Charles L. Ballard (lawman, broke up Black jack gang)
Charles L. Ballard, born in Texas in 1867, came to New Mexico with his father and settled at Fort Sumner in 1878. In 1893, while serving as sheriff, he made a record for himself for bravery by capturing the Cook brothers who were members of the Dalton gang of murderers and desperadoes operating in the Pecos Valley.
In 1898, Governor Otero, Territorial Governor of New Mexico wired Charlie Ballard asking if he would accept a commission in the regiment to be mobilized at San Antonio, Texas
to serve in the Spanish American War. On accepting Mr. Ballard was made Second Lieutenant in Troop M of the famous Rough Riders with Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in command.Mr. Ballard, after hostilities were suspended, was invited with four of his military companions to visit the Roosevelt family at Oyster Bay, where they were entertained at dances, fishing parties, and dinners given in their honor.
Private Joseph Burton Crockett
Trooper Joseph B. Crockett, Troop I, 1st USV Cavalry ('Rough Riders'). Trooper Crockett was described as 28 years of age, height 5' 7 1/2", dark complexion, and having brown eyes and dark hair.
He was born in Logansport, Indiana and was a railroad man before enrolling in the Rough Riders at Santa Fe, N. M. on May 5, 1898. He was originally enrolled in Troop G; however, on May 12, he was transferred to Troop I.
He is listed on the Company Muster-Out Roll at Camp Wickoff, L. I., on Sept. 15, 1898; he is listed again with Troop G. Chief Researcher Franklin B. Mallory also notes that this revolver is listed within an article on the Rough Rider revolvers in the March/April 1989 issue of "Man at Arms" magazine. Theodore Roosevelt's book "The Rough Riders" also confirms Crockett's transfer to Troop I and lists him as from Topeka, Kansas. Joseph Burton Crockett (1869-1926) returned to Topeka following the Spanish-American War and was buried in Leavenworth National Cemetery.
William McGinty (bronco buster, shortest man in Regiment, Wrote book: "Oklahoma Rough Rider: Billy McGinty’s Own Story"
William M. McGinty (January 1, 1871 – May 21, 1961) was an Oklahoman cowboy.
As a cowboy in Kansas and the Indian Territory, he became acquainted with fellow cowboy Bill Doolin and others who would later turn outlaw.
A Rough Rider with Theodore Roosevelt and hero at San Juan Hill, he also toured with Buffalo Bill's Congress of Rough Riders. He was the first bronc buster in a movie, filmed during an act for the 1889 Paris World's Fair.
In the 1920s, he became the leader of the McGinty's Oklahoma Cowboy Band, which later became Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboys, the first nationally famous cowboy band.
In 1954 he was elected life-time president of the Rough Riders Association. There is a great article in True West Magazine about him which can be found here.