Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Colonel's Sword: Colonel William P. Rogers

I have done some more research on the colonel and have determined him to be a leader of men, an officer who was not afraid to lead a charge, one who had to have been poplar with his troops.

The Battle of Corinth (Mississippi) took place Oct. 4, 1862, so we're coming up on the sesquicentennial of it.

Battery Robinett was a redan protected by a 5-foot ditch mounting three 20-pdr. Parrott rifles and commanded by Lt. Henry Robinett (from whom it got its name).

Col. William P. Rogers of the 2nd Texas was a Mexican War comrade of President Jefferson Davis. He was killed and Col. Lawrence Sullivan Ross of the 6th Texas was thrown from his horse and mistakenly reported as killed.

The photo of Rogers and some of his men was taken the next day, Oct. 5th.

Control of Battery Robinett came down to hand-to-hand fighting.

In the fight, Col. Rogers grabbed the regiment's colors to keep them from falling to the ground and then jumped the five-foot ditch, leaving his dying horse and assaulting the battery. He was then hit by a load of canister from one of the cannons, the fifth color bearer to fall that day.

More to Come. --Old Secesh

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