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William D. Rogers, a resident of Milton, Florida, enrolled in Company K of the First Florida Infantry on May 31, 1861. When his term of enlistment for the original First Florida expired in early 1862, Rogers remained in the service in McDonnell's Florida Battalion, participating in the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. In mid-1862 he joined the newly reorganized First Florida Infantry, serving with that unit until the fall of 1863. In October 1863, Rogers transferred to the Fifteenth Confederate Cavalry (also known as the First Alabama and Florida Cavalry). Along with his brother, John Franklin Rogers, William remained in the Fifteenth Cavalry until November 17, 1864, when the two were captured by Federal forces at Pine Barren, Florida. They were imprisoned at Ship Island, Mississippi, where William died on March 8, 1865.
This collection contains photocopies of twelve letters written by William D. Rogers during the civil war, 1862-1865. The letters provide information on camp life and military operations. Rogers describes the retreat from Corinth, Mississippi following the Battle of Shiloh (April 1862); and the participation of the First Florida in the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (December 1862 - January 1863). One of the letters was written by Rogers from Ship Island shortly before his death. Included in the collection are two photographs of the brothers, William D. and John Franklin Rogers, taken in their military uniforms during the civil war.
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Originals in possession of donor.
Donor is great-great-nephew of William D. Rogers.
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Rogers, John Franklin.
Confederate States of America. Army. --Florida Infantry Regiment, 1st. Confederate States of America. Army. --Confederate Cavalry Regiment, 15th. Confederate States of America. Army. --Florida Battalion, McDonnell's.
Murfreesboro, Battle of, 1862-1863. Shiloh, Battle of, 1862. Corinth (Miss.), Battle of, 1862.
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865