Hamilton Fish II (Rough Rider)
From 1899's "The Rough Riders" by Theodore Roosevelt
|Born||June 27, 1873
New York City
|Died||June 24, 1898 (age 25)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
|Buried at||Saint Philip's Church Cemetery, Garrison, New York|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1898|
|Unit||1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment|
Fish was a graduate of Columbia University where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall. Fish was son of diplomat and banker Nicholas Fish, nephew of Hamilton Fish II the former speaker of the New York State Assembly, and grandson of the 26th United States Secretary of State, Hamilton Fish.
Fish was not the only soldier from a prominent family in the unit: "... To this rugged crew, Roosevelt added some 50 men with backgrounds closer to his own: Ivy Leaguers from wealthy Eastern families. In citing their qualifications for active duty, Roosevelt touted their athletic accomplishments. Dudley Dean was "perhaps the best quarterback who ever played on a Harvard 11." Bob Wrenn was "the champion tennis player of America." Other Easterners included "Waller, the high jumper; Craig Wadsworth, the steeplechase rider; Joe Stephens, the crack polo player; and Hamilton Fish, the ex-captain of the Columbia crew."
He was a member of "L" troop commanded by Captain Allyn K. Capron, Jr.. He was one of the first Americans killed in the Battle of Las Guasimas, near Santiago, Cuba, on June 24, 1898. He died of a gunshot just near the heart and survived less than a minute or so per the Rough Rider who was wounded by the same bullet that killed Fish.
A dog given as a present by Teddy Roosevelt to Hamilton Fish became the mascot of Company B of the Rough Riders and a canine celebrity after the war. The animal, named "Don", reportedly also rushed up San Juan Hill with the Rough Riders. Don's subsequent owners were Col. William Wallace, then when Wallace died, Wallace's physician, Dr. Hadley. A contemporary account stated that "Since that time the big dog had had the freedom of the Quaker town (of Whittier, California), and had never walked through the streets without receiving much attention from small boys and girls to those of larger growth." Death came from "a big touring car containing four persons, going around a corner at so high a speed that the old dog, which was walking quietly along, could not get out of its way."
- Picture of Sgt. Fish in account of battle by fellow officer Meyer Hurwitz
- National Archives account @ NARA.gov
- Additional narrative account
- Troop Muster with cause of death
- Detailed account of the battle citing Fish's death
- Online edition of the History of New York State, Book XI, Chapter 6, Part 2, editor, Dr. James Sullivan
- Additional account of the battle citing Fish's death at
- IMDB Database Rough Riders 1997