CSA Soldiers at Soldiers' Rest
Vicksburg, Mississippi

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Charles B. Rogan
Hebert's Brigade
Appeal Battery
Born 1840
Killed in siege of
Vicksburg 1863
Son of W.M. & F.S. Rogan

This soldier is interred in the family lot
near Soldiers' Rest, in Cedar Hill,
Div B, Sq 14, Lot 3.



This compiled service record card is for C. F. Rogan,
but other cards in the same record refer to him
as Chas. Rogan or just C. Rogan.
The name on the grave marker is Charles B. Rogan.

Why is there a difference in the middle initial?
This man's marker is clearly marked with his information.



Appeal Battery
Hebert's Brigade
Born 1840
Killed in siege of
Vicksburg 1863


It is a puzzle why this soldier's grave marker has his name as Charles B. Rogan and his compiled service record is in the name of C. F. Rogan. The military information on the marker matches that on the compiled service record.

Charles F. Rogan enlisted 28 Apr 1862 for three years in the newly formed Memphis Appeal Battery in Memphis, Tenn. It was later reorganized as the 5th Arkansas Battery and was known as Capt. Bryan's Company Arkansas Light Artillery, Capt. Hogg's Company Arkansas Light Artillery, and Capt Scott's Company Arkansas Light Artillery.

From the CSR: "This Battery was organized at Memphis, Tenn., in April, 1862 and designated the Memphis  Appeal  Battery. During the same time it was also known as Capt Bryan’s Company Arkansas Light Artillery, Capt. Hogg’s Company Arkansas Light Artillery, and Capt. Scott’s Company Arkansas Light Artillery."


C. F. Rogan enlisted 28 Apr 1862 in Memphis for a period of 3 years. In the Remarks section, it is noted that he was paid a fifty dollar bounty for signing up.



The company muster roll card for C. F. Rogan for Mar - Apr 1863
notes that he was appointed corporal on March 1, 1863.

On the company muster roll for 1 May  - 31 Oct 1863, Corp. C. F. Rogan is absent, left behind in Vicksburg, wounded (bottom line).

He may be the POW C. Rogan, whose card is shown immediately below. This copyists' writing is difficult to read:

R   Appeal Batty
Charles Rogan
4th Corp Appeal Baty


In Nov - Dec 1863, Corp. C. F. Rogan is absent from
company muster roll. Again, a notation reads, "Left
in Vicksburg wounded."


Apr 28, 1862 Enlisted

Jul - Aug 1862 Present

Mar - Apr 1863 Present, appt Corporal

May 1 - Oct 31, 1863 Left in Vburg, wounded

Nov - Dec, 1863 Left in Vburg, wounded.

Jul 23, 1863 Paroled


Charles Rogan became a prisoner of war on 4 Jul 1863 while a patient at General Hospital No. 2 in Vicksburg. He was paroled 16 Jul 1863.

The x mark pencilled in above the soldier's first name indicates that this name has not been recorded in the usual manner, i.e., Charles rather than, perhaps, C. F.



Corp. C. Rogan appears on a report of mortality in the
Appeal Battery, siege of Vicksburg, commencing
May 18, 1863. He is marked as "wounded."


Shown above, the Federal Census for 21 Jul 1860 for 5th Ward, City of Memphis, in Shelby Co., Tenn., lists Chas. Rogan, age 20, born in Mississippi. His occupation is a salesman. He shares a residence with H. R. May, age 33, who is a merchant. It would not have been unusual for Rogan, or any  young man, to leave his home town and go seek employment in Memphis.

Below is his parole, dated 13 Jul 1863.  It appears someone signed his name for him (as his name is spelled incorrectly) and attested his mark or consent -- possibly because he was too seriously wounded to sign for himself. As a salesman, he would have known how to write.


Vicksburg, Mississippi, July 13, 1863

To All whom it may Concern, Know Ye That:

I Charles Rogan a 4th Corp of of Appeals Baty Vols, C. S. A., being a prisoner of War, in the hands of the United States Forces, in virtue of the capitulation of the City of Vicksburg and its Garrison by Lieut. Gen. John C. Pemberton, C. S. A. Commanding, on the 4th day of July, 1863, do in pursuance of the terms of said capitulation, give this my solemn parole under oath --

That I will not take up arms again against the United States, nor serve in any military police or any constabulary force in any Fort garrison or field work, held by the Confederate States of America, against the United States of America, nor as guard of prisons, depots or stores, nor discharge any duties usually performed by Officers or soldiers, against the United States of America, until duly exchanged by the proper authorities.


See his record at  www.fold3.com/image/219833560/

According to the 1850 U. S. Federal Census for City of Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi, his parents were confectioner William Rogan and Frances A. Rogan, both born in Baltimore. In this census, Charles was ten and had several siblings.

Your compiler could not find a definite death date for this Charles Rogan. As stated above, he is interred in the family lot at Cedar Hill, already established with the burial of his mother in 1854.

The Fisher Funeral Home Records 1854-1867 does list a Charley Rogan a resident of the county (Warren Co.),  who died 1 Nov 1863, but it gives no interment information, no personal information, nor mentions any CSA service for him.

This entry is from the Salassi unpublished Cedar Hill cemetery book. In Lot 3 is the Rogan family.
The Salassis have recorded only what is on the grave markers.


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