The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 260
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Colonel McClung and soon sent to the Rio Grande to become a
part of General Taylor's army.
The young captain returned from the war so enamoured with
Mexico, its scenery, climate, and financial possibilities that he ac-
cepted a position as consul to Vera Cruz offered him by Taylor as
soon as he became President, and would have taken his little fam-
ily there if his wife had not positively refused to go to a foreign
land. She consented however, to go as far as Texas; so the au-
tumn of 1851 found them on their way.
The family-there were four children at this time-settled
in Washington, Texas, the seat of learning and culture at that
time. Close by was Independence, where flourished Texas' first
institution of higher learning, Baylor University; and Colonel
Rogers gave his services there free of charge, lecturing once a week
to law students.
Six years later the growing prominence of Houston caused him
to move his law office to that city, where he soon became one of
the foremost lawyers of the state.
Realizing the importance of the political situation in 1860, he
became a candidate for the Legislature and did his utmost at the
sensational meeting in Austin to effect a peaceable settlement be-
tween Governor Houston and the secessionists, for a strong per-
sonal friendship existed between the two men in spite of their
After Texas had seceded, Colonel Rogers was placed in com-
mand of the Second Texas Regiment, which soon saw active service
in the battle of Shiloh. At Corinth, October 3, 1862, being or-
dered to charge in the face of a deadly fire, Colonel Rogers placed
himself at the head of his men to encourage them and was killed
just inside the enemy's lines, a battle-flag, snatched from a wounded
standard-bearer, in his hand. General Rosecrans had him buried
with military honors; and the Daughters of the Confederacy have
in more recent years erected a monument to his memory.
The letters and the original manuscript of the Diary are in the
possession of Mrs. H. G. Damon, Austin, Texas. A photostat copy
of the Diary may be seen in the library of the University of Texas.
-ELE NOR D. PAOE.]
Camp Independence near Vicksburg, July 3, 1846. If I should
be killed in battle and if any one shall get my things-everything
they will hand them over to Major Bradfield, Capt. I. N. Taylor,
or Capt. McMannus, who are requested to convey them to my wife,
by their friend
Sept. 18, 1846.1 W. P. Rogers.
1The foregoing paragraph seems to have been added to the first page
just before the battle of Monterey.
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