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George D. Rogers

George D. Rogers was born 24 Apr 1826 in Montgomery Co., New York, the son of Levi Rogers and Amity Child. George was a farmer. He married Sylvia J. Lyon on 4 July 1850 at Black Creek, New York. There were the parents of 4 children: Allen Calvin, George Alba (died about age 14 months), Alva Russel and Altha Jane. George was recruited by his cousin, Seneca Allen, into Co. F of the 85th New York Volunteers and served as the company musician. George was taken prisoner at the Battle of Plymouth and died at Andersonville 15 Aug 1864.

Letter by Pvt. George Rogers, Musician Company F, 85th NY Regiment

Plymouth, NC
June 18, 1863

Dear Sylvia:

Today is Sabath and I am alone and thinking of loved ones at home. A boat is to leave here with our mail at 5 o'clock this evening. So I thought I would send you a few lines. I am well as usual. I received a letter from you at our last mail. I was glad to get it you better believe and to hear you were all well. It was dated the 27th of May. You said you had two from me and that it took you an hour to read them. I suppose I make a great many mistakes and you have to guess at them so much. The morning is cloudy and a fine breeze is blowing. I shall not attend church this morning for I want to send this out on the boat. Capt Allen went to Newbern this week and took along the money. It has not yet gone from the Express Office I think. I suppose Lieut. S.A. [Stephen Andrews] is at home by this time, he has a furlow of 30 days, but it will soon slide away.

I send you a sketch of Plymouth and our camps and fortifications with the Roanoke in front. There are five gun boats laying here all the time with 32 guns. Forts Wessells and Williams are finished and the latter has four 32 pounders mounted. The other two forts are only buildings. Friday three rebs came in bearing a flage of truce and swearing vengeance on this place unless we surrender it but Gen Wessell can't see it. They are expected to have quite a heavy force beyond our lines. If they come they will have to come in from Rainbow bluff or Little Washington and will have to come in at Ft. Wessells or on the road by the two targets. In either case our gun boats, forts and artillery can give them Bessie. We have breastworks sufficient for all our forces to work behind. We have not three thousand men here but a force of 15,000 can't take it.

Our Drum tent is marked, DC. Ambulance AC; brigade guard mounting at the dots under the ME Church; Figure 5 is the R. Cathelick church (No 2 Gen Wessells Headquarters.

We have just had to lay aside our caps and draw high black felt hats with a bugle and a cockade and the American Eagle (what soared aloft). Well there is no chance to save anything from our clothing allowance for we are ordered to change the stile so often. I have now a Musicians dress coat with all trimmings on and such a jacket as I had when I was home last and a blouse (or an undress uniform). For just my coat I am charged about $20 besides an overcoat. Now I will tell you what our Gen Wessells tells us. He says that all his brigade that shall be permitted to live shall be at home in one year from this time: for he says we are entitled to so many days of furlow and we shall spend our next fourth of July at home and as we please. After which we are to return to Elmira and be mustered out of service, where we were mustered in. I hope this will be the case although I hope the war may close before. No more this time.

Yours with much love,

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