Rogers, Charles Geddings, 1830-1888
Rank : Lt. Colonel
Regiment : C.S.A. Army of the Tennessee. Wheeler's Cavalry Corps
Service : 1861-1865 May 3
Charles Geddings Rogers, born September 24, 1830, in North Carolina, was admitted to West Point from Virginia and graduated with the class of 1854, which included among its 46 members George Washington Custis Lee, Oliver Otis Howard, and J.E.B. Stuart. Rogers served briefly as Brevet Second Lieutenant of Dragoons, resigning in 1855 to become a professor of mathematics at Giles College in Pulaski, Tennesee. From 1861 through 1865, he served as lieutenant colonel and assistant Inspector General in the cavalry of the Army of the Tennesee, with service in September, 1863, as part of Wheeler's Elite Battalion in Lafayette, Georgia. In his diary he mentions a wife, Mary, whom he married in 1855 and with whom he had children, including a son, Charles C., who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1876 and later became an admiral. Following the war, Rogers taught in Memphis and Nashville; he is not listed in a Nashville city directory for 1879, but is there in 1881 as principal of the Ninth Ward school and later the Main Street school. He died on February 24, 1888, at age 57.