Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Cabot Lodge, 3 July 1898
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Writing from the trenches outside of Santiago, Cuba, just after the Battle of San Juan Hill, Theodore Roosevelt thought that the event that would make his political career--the campaign in Cuba--appeared to be on the verge of becoming a catastrophe. Within a few months of writing this letter, Roosevelt would be elected governor of New York; in 1900 he was elected vice president.