Hamilton Fish, II (1873 - 1898)

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Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Cause of death: killed by a gunshot to the heart in the Battle of Las Guasimas
Occupation: Army
Managed by: Sarah Burns
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Hamilton Fish II, of the Rough Riders, a wealthy young New Yorker, was a Sergeant in the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, the Rough Riders, during the Spanish-American War. He is said to be the first American killed in the Battle of Las Guasimas, near Santiago, Cuba, on June 24, 1898. He died of a gunshot to the heart.

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 and grandson of the 26th U.S. 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. 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.

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, name '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, a Dr. Hadley. A contemporary account stated that "Since that time the big dog had had the freedom of the Quaker town (of Whittier), 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.”

Hamilton Fish was played by Holt McCallany in the 1997 TV movie Rough Riders.

-------------------- Hamilton Fish II, of the Rough Riders, a wealthy young New Yorker, was a Sergeant in the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, the Rough Riders, during the Spanish-American War. He is said to be the first American killed in the Battle of Las Guasimas, near Santiago, Cuba, on June 24, 1898. He died of a gunshot to the heart. 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 and grandson of the 26th U.S. 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. [1] [edit]Trivia

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, a Dr. Hadley. A contemporary account stated that "Since that time the big dog had had the freedom of the Quaker town (of Whittier), 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.”

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Hamilton Fish II (Rough Rider)'s Timeline

1873
June 27, 1873
New York, New York, United States
1898
June 24, 1898
- June 24, 1898
Age 24
Santiago, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
June 24, 1898
Age 24
Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
July 29, 1898
Age 24
Garrison, Putnam, New York, USA
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- 1898
Columbia University
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- 1895
New York City, New York, United States