Horatio Rogers, Jr. (May 18, 1836 – November 12, 1904) was an American author and bibliophile. He served during the Civil War first as Major of the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, then as Colonel of the 11th Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, then finally as Colonel and commander of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry. After participating and witnessing the carnage at Gettysburg, he wrote, "Death seemed to be holding a carnival." He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services during the war."
After the war he rose to prominence as a lawyer and jurist, serving as Attorney General of Rhode Island from 1864 to 1867 and from 1888 to 1889. From 1891 to 1903 he served as an Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
Edward Padelford Taft (February 16, 1835-November 5, 1899) was a Providence-based businessman and cotton mill owner.
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Originally laid in Private Libraries of Providence by Horatio Rogers. Z987 R72
Accession number 1039
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Scope and Contents: 1880: October 21. Autograph letter signed from Rogers to Edward P. Taft expressing his appreciation for Taft's interest in his affairs and sending a copy of his book, Private Libraries of Providence. 1 page