Votes ald Docmetts
rhe foseph t . Rogers letters, I
Edited by L. W. KEMP
N June, 1836, Dr. Joseph H. D. Rogers dropped the practice
of medicine and surgery in Madison, Indiana, to raise a
volunteer company of about forty men from Madison and
adjoining towns for the army of the newly established Republic
of Texas.1 Letters addressed to him from friends in Texas after
he had returned home have been preserved, and they throw much
light on the existing conditions in 1836-1837 at Camp Independ-
ence, near the old town of Texana on the Lavaca River, in the
present county of Jackson.
OWEN TO ROGERS
City of Houston 25 July 1837
I recd your favor of date at Camp and note its contents.
I gathered up what things of yours I could find and packed in your
trunk and valise at Judge [Patrick] Usher's2 in Texana. Col. [Alanzo
B.] Sweitzer8 receipted for your horse and has him in possession. The
1Dr. Rogers was born on August 11, 18o5, at Bryants Station near Lexington,
Fayette County, Kentucky. After graduating from the medical branch of Transyl-
vania University at Lexington he settled at Madison, Indiana, where he practiced
medicine and surgery. He returned to Madison from Texas in 1837 and resumed
his practice. He married Abigal Lane (born on January 13, 1818, in Hartford,
Connecticut; died on August 11, 1878, in Madison). The Rogers had three sons-
Joseph, William, and Coleman Rogers-and two daughters, Lucy Flint and Fanny
Clark Rogers. Lucy Flint Rogers married Harry Baldwin Walker. A son of this
union, C. Rogers Walker, resides in Dayton, Ohio, and it is through his generosity
that publication from Dr. Rogers' papers was made possible. Dr. Rogers died on
February 26, 1885.
2Judge Usher came to Texas in August, 1835, and served in the army of Texas
from April 8 to May 28, 1836, participating in the Battle of San Jacinto. He
enlisted in Captain George Sutherland's company on July 2, 1836, as first sergeant.
He was elected the first chief justice of Jackson County on December 16, 1836.
In 1842 he joined the Mier Expedition and died in the dungeon of the Castle of
Perote in Mexico in 1843.
BAlanzo B. Sweitzer came to Texas in 1833, served as a captain in the regular
army from May 18 to December 17, 1836, and on December 18, 1836, President
Sam Houston appointed him lieutenant colonel of permanent volunteers. He
represented Gonzales County in the House of Representatives of the Third Congress
from November 5, 1838, to January 24, 1839. He provoked a quarrel with Major
Robert S. Neighbors who killed Sweitzer at Gonzales in 1841.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101139/. Accessed July 29, 2014.