Col. W.P. Rogers Story Corinth Mississippi Sons of Confederate Vetrans


“Real Sons" Scholarships
The William P. Rogers SCV Camp has established two scholarships in honor of Mr. Willie J. Cartwright and Mr. James J. Nelms Jr. who were members of the Camp and were the last two living “Real Sons” in Mississippi. A “Real Son” is the son of a soldier, who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. There are less than 20 “Real Sons” still alive in the United States.
The two scholarships, one named for Mr. Cartwright, and the other named for Mr. Nelms are available to any graduate, male or female, of an Alcorn County High School. Each Scholarship is for $500 and is for the freshman year only. Applications are available in the Guidance Counselor’s office of each high school and must be submitted by March 1st. Awards will be made by April 1.

2012 Scholarship Winners

Chloe Henson of Biggersville High School - Winner of the
James J. Nelms, Jr Scholarship

Blanton P. Coleman - Winner of the Willie J. Cartwright


Iuka Memorial Service

The Col. Rogers SCV Camp and the John Marshall Stone Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy sponsored a Memorial Roll Call Service to honor 106 of the 263 Confederate soldiers known to be buried in a trench in Shady Grove Cemetery in Iuka. They lost their lives in the that battle.

This was the 150 Anniversary of the Battle of Iuka. Over 200 people were in attendance for the ceremony. The music was provided by the "Lost Cause". The guests were welcomed by Ms. Eunell Handy, Vice President of the UDC Chapter. Mark Houston of the Col. Rogers SCV Camp served as Chaplin and gave the Invocation and Benediction. Dr. Ben Kitchens made remarks about the battle. The names of the known soldiers buried there were read. A musket salute was provided by the 48th Tennessee Infantry and Mr. James Embry played "Taps". It was a very moving service.

- Shady Grove Civil War Confederate Burials
- Shady Grove Cemetery Program

Chaplin Mark Houston opening the
ceremonies with prayer

Dr. Ben Kitchens and the 48th TN Infantry at Iuka

The Confederate Burial trench at Iuka

The Lost Cause performing at the Iuka memorial Service

Commander receives certificate

2nd Lt. Commander Larry McDaniel receives a Certificate of Commendation for his work with the Order of Stars and Bars from Larry Jolly and Chris Cummings.

Mississippi Does Not Have a Monument at Shiloh
We need your help. This is an appeal to those of you with heritage and honor. Mississippi does not have a monument at Shiloh National Battlefield to honor all the brave soliders who fought and died there.
The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill July 2010, saying they will match up to $250,000 of what we raise. There is over $30,000 that has been raised so far for this project, but we have a long way to go. We need to do this to honor all the brave confederate soliders from Mississippi who fought and died at The Battle of Shiloh. Learn how to donate and get more information here

SCV Honors Dalton as "Real Grandson"

Arthur C. Dalton Jr., recently became the Camp's 2nd Real Grandson. Dalton's grandfather was Pvt.Solomon Alonzo Dalton of Company C., 26th Mississippi Infantry. He joined the Confederate forces at Iuka on August 24, 1861.
"The 26th Mississippi fought in many major battles of the war, including Fort Donelson in 1862, Jackson, Mississippi in 1863; the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, Virginia in 1864" said Camp Commander Larry Mangus.
Private Dalton was captured at Petersburg on April 2, 1865, when the city fell to Union troops under General U.S. Grant after a nearly year long siege. He was sent to the infamous prison at Point Lookout, Maryland.
After signing an Oath of Allegiance, he was released on June 1, 1865. He returned to his home in Tishomingo County.
The soldier's grandson, Arthur Dalton is a life long resident of Alcorn County. He worked for the Alcorn County Electric Power Association and has been a member of the Col. Rogers Camp since 1993.

SCV honors Worsham as "Real Grandson"
Leroy Wesley Worsham, 94, is a veteran of the Second World War. He was he grandson of Pvt. Luther Wesley Worsham of the 2nd Richmond Howitzers, Capt. L. F. Jones' Company, Cutshaw's Artillery Battalion.
Pvt. Worsham enlisted on April 29, 1864, at Barboursville, Virginia. He fought in the bloody Overland Campaign of General U. S. Grant against General Robert E. Lee during 1864. The 2nd Richmond Howitzers fought at the Wilderness, Spotylvania Court house, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg, Virginia. "General Grant lost over 60,000 men in these battles - which is just about as many men soldiers General Lee had in the Army of Northern Virginia" explained Mangus.
Leroy Worsham's grandfather was with General Lee when the Southern Commander surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1965. He was paroled after the surrender and walked home. Shortly after the war he moved his family to Mississippi.
Leroy's father, Ben Frank Worsham, was a Real Son and a charter member of the Colonel Rogers SCV Camp when it reorganized in 1972. Leroy retired from Worsham Brothers. As a member of the "Greatest Generation", he served in the Air Force during World War II. He served in the 880 Airborne Engineers and the 310 Bombardment Wing in Australia from 1943 to 1946.

SCV Honors Morgan with "Real Grandson" Award

Corinth's Colonel William P. Rogers Sons of Confederate veterans Camp recently had the privilege to honor Robert Christy Morgan of Corinth as the first recipient of the "Real Grandson" medal in the state of Mississippi.
Christy is a super guy and we are proud to have him as a member of our Camp and to be our first "Real Grandson," said camp Commander Larry Mangus.
Morgan, 83 is a retired pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Corinth. His grandfather was Pvt. Alfred Johnson Morgan of Company A, 11th Alabama Infantry, a soldier in the Army of Northern Virginia who served under General Robert E. Lee until his capture at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. He spent the remainder of the war as a POW at Fort Delaware Prison in Maryland. After the war he walked home to Alabama!
Morgan never knew his grandfather, he said, as his grandfather died long before he was born. "My dad was born in1890, and his father died in 1895 when he was five years old. "My dad was the youngest child, just a little boy when he died, so they didn't pass on a lot of information about my grandfather."
Three of Alfred Morgan's brothers also served in the Civil War. Two succumbed to disease - a common fate for soldiers in the Civil War- and one served under General Lee until his surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9. 1865.
How does the retired pastor feel about being recognized as the first Real Grandson in Mississippi? "I didn't know I was until Tuesday night," he said with a good natured laugh. "I was surprised. It's an honor for me , and I appreciate very much what Larry and the camp did on my behalf." Morgan said he has already wore the new medal - to a church event Wednesday night."
The decision to honor surviving grandsons of Confederate Veterans was made at a recent meeting of the Executive Council of the National Sons of Confederate Veterans in Columbia, TN. The Council voted to approve a special medal and an award certificate to recognize SCV members who had a grandfather fight in the War for Southern Independence and to honor them as "Real Grandsons."
The decision to honor Real Grandsons comes at a time when the number of living Real Sons - SCV members whose fathers fought in the War - has dropped to less than 20. Mississippi's last two Real Sons were Willie J. Cartwright and James J, Nelms, Jr. both of Corinth, who were members of the Colonel William P. Rogers Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp.
More Real Grandsons from the Corinth area are expected to be recognized in the near future. "We are aware of three other Corinth natives that also qualify for this honor and we hope to recognize them shortly." Mangus said.

Larry Mangus, Cristy Morgan, his daughter Caroline Passerotti
and her husband Tim Brewer

Sword unites descendants of Civil War soldiers
by The Associated Press
March 2012

CORINTH – The sword taken off the body of Col. W.P. Rogers at the Battle of Corinth during the Civil War made its return to the city Saturday, uniting two people who’s ancestors fought under different flags 150 years earlier.
Allen Wandling of Athens, Ohio, bought a Confederate scabbard and sword in 2006, not knowing until later it was taken off Rogers’ body in the same battle his ancestors John and Adam Wandling fought in.
When Wandling decided to bring the sword to Corinth for this weekend’s Corinth Civil War & Militaria Show and Sale, he was contacted by Leslie Eckert of Austin, Texas, who is a descendant of Rogers.
“We met at the battlefield and when I was holding that sword on the same ground where Rogers fought and died, my hair stood on end,” Wandling said.
Eckert agreed that the experience was out of this world. “I really felt like there’s been a force that’s been guiding me,” she said. “It’s chilling and hard to explain.”
Wandling purchased the sword from a man in Joplin, Mo., who inherited the sword from his sister. The sister got the sword from her husband, who was a police officer in Belleville, Ill.
“The 9th Illinois was here fighting and they took the sword back to Belleville,” Wandling said. “It was in the post until the 1920s.”
Rogers didn’t know the sword’s connection to his family until after he purchased it, getting the scabbard first and the sword later.
Wandling’s ancestors fought in the 63rd Ohio, which engaged in hand-to-hand combat near the end of the Battle of Corinth with Rogers’ 2nd Texas.
“The different pieces were in different places in the house,” Wandling said. “They contacted me when they found the sword to see if I was interested in it. I wasn’t interested in the sword particularly, it was just another relic for my collection.” Eckert brought copies of letters Rogers wrote to his wife during the Civil War and Mexican American War. The letters detail his travels and even talk about his visit to Corinth, which would be his final resting place. Rogers died after charging Fort Robinette three times and being shot 11 times.

Photos from the 2012 Corinth Civil War & Militaria Show

150 Anniversary of The Battle of Corinth T-shirts
The new 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Corinth T-Shirt is available for $10 for Children through Adult X Large sizes and $12 for Adult 2XL and 3XL sizes. They come in two colors – Butternut and\or Gray. They will be for sale at all Col. Rogers Camp Sponsored Events or by contacting Commander Larry Mangus at 662-287-0766.



For the third year in a row, Corinth's Col. William P. Rogers Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has been named the top SCV Camp in the State of Mississippi.
At the 117th Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans State Convention held in Brandon, MS, on June 8-9, 2012, the Camp received the Jefferson Davis award as the top SCV Camp.

"It is indeed an honor and a privilege to receive the Jefferson Davis award." said Dr. Larry Mangus, commander of the Rogers Camp. "To receive it three years in a row is unprecedented. We are deeply grateful to be recognized for our educational and preservation efforts. We had a great year."

The camp's application for the award was nearly 50 pages in length and described the camp's activities for the past year. The committee specifically cited the following items in the award:

  • The 103% increase in camp membership in the last three years.
  • The placing and memorial dedication of a monument on the grave of Pvt. Martin F. Adams of the 14th Mississippi Infantry in the Pace family cemetery near Iuka.
  • The sponsoring of the very successful 3rd Annual Civil War Show at Crossroads Arena that saw the return of Colonel William P. Rogers (the hero of the Battle for Corinth in October 1862) sword to Corinth.
  • The sponsoring of memorial services for "Real Sons" Willie J. Cartwright and James J. Nelms, Jr. who answered the "Last Roll Call." They were the last two Real Sons in the State of Mississippi.
  • The awarding of two $500 scholarships in the names of the Real Sons to Alcorn County high School graduates.
  • The dedication of an Iron Cross on the grave of Private Eli F. Romine of the Sixth Mississippi Calvary at Farmington Baptist Church.
  • The sponsoring of the 20th Annual Corinth Civil War Heritage day. Leading up to that event, camp members spoke to nearly 1800 students in local schools.
  • The sponsoring of the 20th Annual Confederate Memorial Day Service at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center to recognize the service of all Confederate soldiers that fought in the War for Southern Independence.
  • The placing of flags, during Confederate History Month, on the graves of nearly 300 Confederate Soldiers buried in a three county area.
  • Involvement in the Farmington and Shiloh reenactments and the Corinth Grand Illumination.
  • During the year, camp members made 56 presentations in local schools, and at Civic Club and Historical Society meetings.
  • The camp has raised nearly $5,000 for the project to place a Mississippi Monument at the Shiloh National Battlefield Park to honor the Mississippi soldiers that fought and died there.

Commander Larry Mangus and 1st Lt. Commander Dennis Brown with the 3rd Jefferson Davis Award

Confederate Memorial Day service held at Battery Robinett
On Sunday, April 22, 2012, the Col. W.P. Rogers Camp #321 Sons of Confederate Veterans hosted a Confederate Memorial Day Service at Battery Robinett in Corinth. Dedication speeches, wreath laying, and a musket salute honored all Confederate soldiers who fought and died for the causes they believed in took place. These events were free to the public.

Photos from the 2012 Confederate Memorial Day
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Col. W.P. Rogers Camp #321 Sons of Confederate Veterans members

Program presenters Bobby Scott, James Monroe, Ms. Potts, Rosa Spencer,
Kelly Barrow, Betty Smith and Larry Mangus.

Mrs. Potts, Rosa Spencer and Larry Mangus.

Rosa Spencer and Larry Mangus.

48th Tenneesse

Confederate Monument



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