This letter was written by James Estabrooks Rogers (1828-1865), the son of Richard Rogers (1790-1883) and Cordilera Davis (1803-1884) of Appleton, Wisconsin. James was born in Essex county, New York, in 1828, and was married to Cinderella C. Morgan (1828-1898) in February 1851.
James was drafted into Co. G, 84th New York Infantry in July 1863. He was later transferred into the 97th New York Infantry, Co. B. His cause of death was chronic dysentery. He died on 17 April 1865 at Armory Square General Hospital in Washington D. C. and was buried in Arlington Cemetery on the 20th.
Addressed to Mrs. James E. Rogers, Parishville, St. Lawrence county, New York
Postmarked Alexandria, Va.
Soldiers Letter [signed] Samuel McKelvey, Lt. Col. commanding
Camp Distribution or Convalescent
some 4 miles out from Washington
August 28, 1864
I arrived here today from Washington & expect to leave here tomorrow for the Regiment near Petersburg. Orders are for all that belong to the Army of the Potomac are to go that are able.
I send you this line so you will know that I have gone to my regiment. Direct your letters to Co. G, 83rd New York Vols., Washington D. C. I am not very strong yet & have to fight off diarrhea again. No more now.
As ever, — J. E. Rogers