James G. Rogers
He was called to the command of the Central City Blues, one of the companies which composed the 12th Georgia, a regiment well nigh as renowned for its intrepidity and valor as the invincible Ironsides of Cromwell-- The high emprise of this devoted band has shed a deathless luster over the annals of Southern chivalry. Whether moving forward to meet the advancing columns of the enemy, or retreating before the superior forces of the foe, whether marching beneath the burning suns of summer, or enduring the painful monotony of hibernation, these noble men maintained the thorough discipline, and performed the daring deeds of veteran soldiers.
When cut off from their compeers and compelled to wander for many days without food in the deep solitudes and up the perilous steeps of the Allegany's, their magnanimity and patience never failed them, and amid the thunder and smoke of Malvern Hill they evinced a coolness and courage which made them immortal.
General Early publicly saluted them in the midst of the astounding scenes of that awful day, and in the official reports of the battle Captain Rogers is complimented for gallant conduct.
This popular officer was a prominent member of the Methodist Church, an
efficient class-leader, a licensed exhorter and a zealous laborer for the salvation
of souls.-- His whole life was that of a pure and devoted servant of God, and
amid the mingling groans of Sharpsburg his redeemed and justified spirit emerged
into the magnificent brightness of celestial vision.
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