Chain of Command Served with the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment from May to September 1898, including all of its engagements in Cuba.
Other Memories On July 1st, 1898, during the Battle of San Juan Hill (aka San Juan Heights, as the fight took place on both Kettle and San Juan Hills), Captain Kennedy took command of Troop A after its CO, Captain William "Bucky" O'Neill, was killed in action. He courageously led the Troop for the rest of the battle, up both hills, and was even wounded, though he refused to leave his new command and be evacuated. Mentioned in one of the CO's (Colonel Theodore Roosevelt's) battle reports, Captain Kennedy received a Brevet promotion to Major of Volunteers. He remained in command of Troop A for the rest of the Santiago Campaign, which ended (following a short siege)with the surrender of Santiago on July 17th. That ended major fighting and the war officially ended on August 12th, two days before the Rough Riders arrived back stateside at Montauk Point, New York. JT remained there with the rest of the outfit until it was officially disbanded on September 15th, 1898. Instead of simply mustering out, Brevet Major Kennedy elected to receive an extended leave (September 1898-January 1899) before accepting another "temporary" assignment.