William D. Rogers

WILLIAM D. ROGERS/Danville Mounted Riflemen


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William D. Rogers enlisted in the Second Texas Lancers at Danville on April 28, 1862. He was thirty-four years old. He was born in Tennessee in about 1827, the son of Cullen Rogers and Elizabeth Jernigan of Shelby County, Tennessee. In 1850, he was the oldest child in the family, and was occupied as a farmer. The surname is often rendered as Rodgers. In 1860, William was living near Danville, Texas, next door to Peter Pincham. He was enumerated as a farmer with a wife, ďA,Ē age twenty, also born in Tennessee. With them was a female, E. B. Green, age 56, born in South Carolina.

Montgomery County marriage records show the marriage of William Rogers to Margaret A. Moore on July 2, 1858. Margaret Adeline Moore, born November 24, 1839, was the daughter of William C. and Jane Moore.

William arrived in Montgomery County in about 1858. In 1859, he rendered three horses and twenty-five head of cattle for taxation. He continued to render horses and a large herd of cattle through 1861. In 1862, he had only two horses and miscellaneous property. He did not render his taxable property in 1863, presumably because he had gone to war.

It is not known whether William D. Rogers was related to any of the local Rogers families.

When William joined the Texas Lancers in 1862, he stated the value of his horse as $175.00 and his equipment as $20.00. He had to travel fifty miles from his home to place of rendezvous, which was Camp Carter at Hempstead.

William rode his horse to Arkansas with the rest of the regiment, after training at Camp Carter. There he was dismounted along with the others, and his unit of the Texas Lancers became Company B, 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry.

The men were sent to Ft. Hindman at Arkansas Post, and were then engaged in building cabins for the winter. The Union attack on January 11, 1862, was not expected. William was captured and was sent up the Mississippi River to prison at Camp Butler, Illinois.

He appears on the Roster of Troops Captured at Ft. Hindman and on the Roll of Prisoners of War who were captured on January 11th, 1862, at Arkansas Post.

On a Roll of Prisoners, Williamís age was given as thirty-five, he was 5 feet eleven inches tall, he had brown hair and blue eyes. He was born in Tennessee and was a resident of Montgomery County, Texas.

In about March, William “took the oath” of allegiance to the United States and was freed from the prison. In looking at the situation in which William found himself, it is possible to understand why he may have wanted to take the oath and be freed. The prisoners were living in cold, miserable conditions without enough food. Many were very ill and many were dying. Others were taking the oath daily.

His final muster roll states that he “deserted, took the oath of allegiance at Camp Butler, Illinois.” There is no later roll for any service with the Department of the Mississippi, so we assume William did not rejoin the Confederate army.

We do not know if he ever returned to Montgomery County, but he and his family were living in Madison County by the time of the 1870 census, where his wife's family lived two houses away.

William and Adeline Rogers were enumerated in Madison County in 1880, and her parents were again living nearby. They had five children still at home.

Adeline died November 29, 1884, and is buried at Willow Hole Cemetery at North Zulch. The headstone reads Margaret Adaline Rogers.

William was still alive as late as 1900, when he was enumerated with his adult children in Pct 4, Madison County. He was widowed, age 75, and his occupation was farmer, though he had been unemployed for the previous twelve months.

The date of William's death is unknown, as is his place of burial. However, it is likely he is buried next to Adeline at Willow Hole Cemetery.

Williamís Compiled Service Records are housed in the National Archives and were accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro, Texas. Other sources include census records and local tax records.

Thanks to Frank Johnson for his assistance in updating this biography.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.

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