|George Washington Rogers|
A polka, sheet music, and a dancer are the prompts for this week's Sepia Saturday. Come on over to see what others have posted there.
I'm a former pianist. I also used to love to swing around the floor dancing a polka. But do I have any photos of these pursuits? Indeed, do I have any old photos of anything like it?
Nope, no luck.
So I'll just continue with my family information which I save here as a personal archive.
This is about my grandfather's grandfather, George Washington Rogers. He was injured in the Mexican American War of 1846. I usually avoid talk about war, being a "peace-nik" myself. But when an ancestor had a name like George Washington Rogers, he had to be a hero, right?
My Ancestry.Com information says:
G.W. Rogers served in the War in Mexico - under Captain Gillespie; Col. John C. Hays: 1st Regiment Texas Rangers, Gen. Zachary Taylor. He was wounded on assault on Bishop's Palace, Monterrey, Mexico. His name is on the Gillespie Monument in Huntsville, Texas. After the battle (from war department 1846) Col. George Washington Rogers lay wounded on battle field all night, during icy storm. He contracted tuberculosis. After recuperating, he returned to his home in Gibbsland, LA.
In Wikipedia the information about the Battle of Monterrey (not to be confused with Monterey, CA) says:
In the Battle of Monterrey (September 21–24, 1846) during the Mexican–American War, General Pedro de Ampudia and the Mexican Army of the North was defeated by the Army of Occupation, a force of United States Regulars, Volunteers and Texas Rangers under the command of General Zachary Taylor.Go to this site to read the entire battle information. I'll just give you a picture or two, from that site.
|Battle of Monterrey - Americans fighting within the city|
|Monterrey from Independence Hill, in the rear of the bishop´s palace. On stone by F. Swington. Colored by G. & W. Edicott, New York. The image depicts the Saddle Hill and the bishop´s house in Monterrey Mexico after the Battle of Monterrey in 1846.|
|The Battle of Monterrey|
|Storming of Palace Hill at the Battle of Monterrey|
George W. Rogers married Lucinda Benson Gibbs after he recuperated in 1848. They then moved to Huntsville, Texas, where they were among the elite and owned a large plantation style home.
|North Portico of the house George Washington Rogers and Lucinda Benson Gibbs built on the 200 acres they purchased from Pleasant Gray in 1844.|
Thus they had planned to move to Huntsville before GWR went to Mexico in 1846, and then got sick...thus delaying their marriage and move to their own home. It's likely the home had wood steps which no longer are part of the portico.