Monday, June 11, 2012

Texans Memorialized at Corinth

Corinth, Mississippi, was one of the many places that I visited recently while on the “other side” of the Mississippi, and, yes, trans-Mississippians were prominently involved in the campaigning around that town. Most of the recognition at the Corinth unit of Shiloh National Military Park is given to Texans who were involved in heavy fighting on October 3-4, 1862.  The Corinth NPS visitor center is on the site of Battery Robinette, the scene of a savage struggle; here, for a brief time some men of the 2nd Texas Infantry led by Colonel William P. Rogers planted their banner on the earthworks. According to Ralph A. Wooster’s Lone Star Regiments In Gray, the 2nd Texas Infantry “sustained 116 casualties out of 314 troops who were in the battle” (p. 96).
The State of Texas has memorialized the deeds of Texans at Corinth:

The Texas monument with the reconstruction of Battery Robinette in the background:

A monument to Joseph Lewis Hogg, a brigade commander from Texas, who died as the result of dysentery in the spring of 1862:

Hogg’s monument is in the foreground, several markers to unknown soldiers are in the middle, and the large monument recognizes the valor of Colonel William P. Rogers who died in front of Battery Robinette.

A transcription of the unusual inscription on Rogers’ monument:

Fell leading Moore's Brigade
Fort Robinette Oct. 4, 1862
"He was one of the bravest men that ever led a charge. Bury him with military honors."
Maj. Gen'l. W. S. Rosecrans.
Commanding Army of Cumberland U. S. A.

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