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Confederate (CSV)


Hiram Berry Rogers

(1840 - 1929)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a "cow laborer" on his father's place in McLennan County and he was a Texas Ranger from October 1860 - February 1861. He enlisted in Waco as a Private in Company E, 4th Texas Infantry on 13 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in action with his Company at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was with his Company to the end of the war and was surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

In 1870 he was a farm worker in Falls County, TX and by 1880 was farming his own place in Bell County. He was at Chalk Mountain in Erath County by 1900, and was counted in Somervell County by 1910 to at least 1920 [map and photo], still a farmer at age 80.

References & notes

Service information from Davis1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave; H.B. Rogers donated the land for the Chalk Mountain Cemetery to the county in 1915.

He married Nancy McGee (1849-1920) in October 1867 in Cherokee County, TX and they had 11 children.

Now a ghost town, Chalk Mountain is on the border of Erath and Somervell Counties.

More on the Web

Rogers was with the Texas Rangers in December 1860 in the action - Battle or Massacre - on the Pease River against Commanches. In a 1928 interview he said

I was at the Pease river fight, but I’m not very proud of it. That was not a battle at all, but just a killing of squaws.
See more about it in an article by W.K. Stratton in the Texas Monthly of January 2021. His August 1928 Recollection is in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas, Austin.


04/26/1840; Welborn, AR


01/19/1929; Walnut Springs, TX; burial in Chalk Mountain Cemetery, Somervell County, TX


1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 155-157  [AotW citation 1774]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26863]