Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Colonel's Sword Comes Back

From the March 2nd Columbus (In) The Republic "Civil War relics show brings back Confederate colonel's sword to Corinth." From the March 2nd Daily Corinthian (Ms) by Bobby J. Smith.

On October 4, 1862, victorious Union troops claimed a trophy of war, the sword and scabbard of Col. William P. Rogers of the 2nd Texas Infantry, who had died leading the doomed assault on Union Battery Robinett at the Battle of Corinth in Mississippi.

After Union soldiers finishing stripping Rogers' body of souvenirs, he and the bodies of some of the men he led were gathered together and a photo taken of their corpses. The Union commander then ordered the colonel buried at the spot he fell.

This weekend, that sword and scabbard were returned to Corinth for the first time in nearly 150 years as part of the Corinth Civil War Relic and Militaria Show and Sale sponsored by the Col. W. P. Rogers Camp SCV.

Current owner of the sword, Allen Chandling, a collector from St. Louis, will be bringing it. He acquired the sword and scabbard in 2010.

Welcome Home. --Old Secesh

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