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W.F. Rogers

W.F. Rogers

Federal (USV)


William Findlay Rogers

(1820 - 1899)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a printer and newspaper man, and a member of Company D, Buffalo City Guard, from 1846. He enrolled 7 May 1861 and was commissioned Colonel, 21st New York Infantry on 20 May.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the 21st New York Infantry, part of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Division, I Corps. His Brigade advanced along the West side of the Hagerstown Pike early on the 17th in close support of Brigadier General Gibbon's 4th 'Black Hat' Brigade.

The rest of the War

He mustered out with the regiment at Buffalo on 18 May 1863. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General, US Volunteers on 13 March 13, 1865 for faithful and meritorious service during the War.

After the War

He was elected mayor of Buffalo in 1868 and U.S. Representative from New York's 32nd District, 1883-85. He was superintendent of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home at Bath, NY from 1887 to 1897.

References & notes

His service from the State of New York1 and the Chronicles.2His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a group photograph with others of the 21st New York Infantry now at the Library of Congress.


03/01/1820; Forks Township, Northampton County, PA


12/16/1899; Buffalo, NY; burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1899, Ser. No. 20, pg. 278  [AotW citation 21237]

2   Mills, John Harrison, and 21st Regiment Veteran Association of Buffalo, Chronicles of the Twenty-first Regiment New York State Volunteers, Buffalo: 21st Reg't. Veteran Association of Buffalo, 1887  [AotW citation 21238]