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Jonathan T. Rogers Civil War correspondence

 Collection — Folder: S2374
Identifier: S2374

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of two items of correspondence between Jonathan T. Rogers and his mother, Elizabeth Dawson. The first letter is dated June 21, 1864 and was written by Dawson to her son after learning he was alive. The second letter was written to Dawson by Rogers on September 20, 1864 while he was a prisoner at Camp Ford near Tyler, Texas. In his letter he describes the camp, mentions the number of soldiers imprisoned, prisoner exchanges and the possibility of his getting out before winter.


  • 1864


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Jonathan Thomas Rogers was born June 14, 1833 in Chester County, Pennsylvania to Jonathan J. and Elizabeth (Thomas) Rogers. The family moved to Fall Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana when Jonathan was a year old. On August 18, 1862, he mustered in as a corporal with Company F, 16th Regiment, Indiana Infantry during the U.S. Civil War. He was captured in the spring of 1864 and spent time at Camp Ford, a Confederate prison near Tyler, Texas. He was promoted to sergeant and mustered out of service on June 30, 1865. Rogers married Susannah P. Catren (1844-1892) in November 1865 and they had six children. Rogers lived on a farm in Green Township, Hancock County, then moved to Pendleton in Madison County and died there at the age of 80 on May 16, 1914.

Sources: "Jonahtan T. Rodgers." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 13, 2022. "Jonathan Thomas Rogers." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed July 13, 2022.

Indiana Adjutant General's Office and William H.H. Terrell. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. Vol. IV. Indianapolis: Samuel M. Douglass, State Printer, 1866.

"Jonathan T. Rogers Dead." Anderson Herald (IN), May 17, 1914. NewspaperArchive.

"Rogers." Greenfield Republican (IN), January 21, 1892. NewspaperArchive.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/07/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/07/13 by Laura Eliason.
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