Rogers, Elias J.
Age: 19, credited to Orwell, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: enl 6/9/62, m/i 7/9/62, Pvt, Co. B, 9th VT INF, m/o 6/13/65
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Birth: 1843, Orwell, VT
Burial: Prospect Cemetery, Middlebury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Alan Lathrop
Findagrave Memorial #: 40908976
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Webmaster's Note: If this soldier enlisted before 9/1/62, and was with the regiment on 9/13/62, he would have briefly been taken prisoner along with the entire regiment at Harper's Ferry. Read the unit's Organization and Service for details.
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Prospect Cemetery, Middlebury, VT
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Elias J. Rogers, Co. B, 9th Vt. Vols.
Tenderly cared for by Col. Hannon, superintendent of the Soldiers' home, Comrade Rogers died in Bennington, January 16, 1912, and on January 18, in his home village, East Middlebury, old comrades, grizzled veterans, gently laid him to his burial.
Your local correspondent truthfully said, " He was a good citizen. " A few words of wisdom as to his soldier life and character. His official record before me reads: "Enlisted at Brandon, Vt., June 9, 1863; Mustered in July 9, 1863. Discharged July 13, 1865. That is all; and yet this scant record covers three full years of service, without a furlough.
He was a private, and sought not command; but his highest ambition was to be always ready, and promptly obey orders. In officer or private where can we find a higher type of soldier life?
This obedience; this readiness for duty sat the front, multiplied the risk and often led to dangerous work. If picked men were chosen to lead an advance, or to cover a withdrawal, Rogers was always included.
He was a most successful scout to his company and regiment. Never reckless or loosing his head, he took advantage of cover, but the work his was sent to do was done promptly and well. His passion for active service kept him at the front. At Yorktown, Va., when asked if he wished a short furlough home, he replied, "No, something might happen while I was gone."
He was never wounded, or seriously sick, but his daring led to many close escapes. It was not the spirit of adventure that controlled him, but an earnest desire to serve his country in her hour of need. He often said, "I want to see this thing (the war) closed up. I will do my full share." He was a good shot; his rifle was always clean, and his cartridge-box always full. Many anecdotes of him are in mind but this is not their place. Comrades: Friends: On memorial day pause a moment longer at the grave of Rogers, and scatter your choicest flowers, for he was worthy.
Source: Middlebury Register, Feb 2, 1912
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.