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Guide to the Robert Smith Rodgers papers, 1827-1897 and undated

Abstract

Colonel, 2nd Maryland Eastern Shore Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army.

Chiefly Civil War papers belonging to Colonel Robert Rodgers, including military correspondence; telegrams; muster rolls; rosters of officers and staff; lists of deserters, recruits, reenlistments, and voluntary enlistments; reports of sick, wounded, and convalescents; inventories of personal effects of the deceased; hospital and army paroles; morning reports; ordnance returns, invoices, requisitions, issues, and transfers; quartermaster papers; letter book containing routine military correspondence; and general and special orders. After 1863 there are references to African American contrabands. There is also a fragmentary account of the regiment's war experiences concerning the actions in Maryland in 1862 and 1863, including the battle between the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia, and in Virginia and West Virginia in 1864. Also included in the collection are papers relating to the Rodgers family of Maryland, including Rodgers's son Robert Slidell Rodgers, practicing law in Missouri following the Civil War.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Rodgers, Robert Smith, 1810-1889
Title
Robert Smith Rodgers papers 1827-1897 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet, Approx. 1,389 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Chiefly Civil War military papers belonging to Colonel Robert Rodgers, including military correspondence; telegrams; muster rolls; rosters of officers and staff; lists of deserters, recruits, reenlistments, and voluntary enlistments; reports of sick, wounded, and convalescents; inventories of personal effects of the deceased; hospital and army paroles; morning reports; ordnance returns, invoices, requisitions, issues, and transfers; quartermaster papers; letter book containing routine military correspondence; and general and special orders. There are references after 1863 to treatment of and problems with contrabands. There is also a fragmentary account written by Rodgers of the regiment's war experiences concerning the actions in Maryland in 1862 and 1863, including the battle between the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia, and in Virginia and West Virginia in 1864.

Scattered papers relate to other members of the Rodgers family, and include personal correspondence, letters relating to naval matters, estate papers, bills and receipts, and legal papers concerning land deeds and the manumission of a slave by Rodger's mother Minerva in the 1850s. There is an inventory of the property of Jerusha Denison at "Sion Hill" in 1856. Also included are materials for the study of navigation and a navigational logbook.

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Contents of the Collection

The Official Papers of the 2nd Eastern Shore Regiment, Maryland Infantry Volunteers in boxes 3-5 include muster rolls; rosters of officers; recruiting and enlistments; deserters; sick, wounded, deceased; paroles; courts-martial; final statements; annual returns; ordnance papers; Quartermaster papers; morning papers; and miscellaneous lists. The Official Returns include monthly and quarterly returns from 1861-1864, and quarterly returns of deceased soldiers.

Letters, 1827-1863
Box 1
Letters, 1864-1897 and undated
Box 2
Legal papers
Box 2
Bills and receipts
Box 2
Miscellaneous papers
Box 2
History of the 2nd Eastern Shore Regiment, Maryland Infantry Volunteers
Box 2
Official Papers, 2nd E.S.M.I.V. Regiment
Box 3
Official Returns, 2nd E.S.M.I.V. Regiment
Box 4
Official Papers, 2nd E.S.M.I.V. Regiment
Box 5
Volumes
(Reports)
Box 6
Volumes
("Consolidated Morning Reports")
Box 7

Historical Note

Robert Smith Rodgers, lawyer and soldier, lived at "Sion Hill," near Havre de Grace, Harford County, Maryland, the home of his parents, Commodore John Rodgers (1773-1838) and Minerva (Denison) Rodgers. The Rodgers family was related to the Perry family, both distinguished in American naval history. Robert Rodgers married Sarah Perry, daughter of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, in 1841. His son, Robert Slidell Rodgers, was a lawyer practicing in Missouri after the Civil War.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Smith Rodgers Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Robert Smith Rodgers papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1959 and 1960.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Willeke Sandler, April 2014

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 60-137; 61-477

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.