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One of the most famous examples of the futility of body armor in the Civil War was that of an armored vest worn by Confederate Colonel William P. Rogers of the 2nd Texas Infantry while he led his regiment in its headlong assault upon Battery Robinette at Corinth, Mississippi on October 4, 1862. After successfully taking the Union battery, the Confederates were counterattacked by Union reinforcements and driven back, resulting in the death of Col. Rogers and many other Confederates in the process. Some accounts indicate the Col. Rogers fell with eleven wounds in his body. After the battle, in tribute to Col. Rogers' bravery, Union Gen. Rosecrans ordered Rogers' body buried with military honors and his grave marked so that his friends could claim him. A portion of the armored vest that Col. Rogers was wearing at the time of the assault is now on exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum in Madison, Wisconsin. His vest shows a large perforation in its front center, apparently caused by a Union projectile. A photo of the vest and a summary of the action is included in Joseph Chance's fine book "The Second Texas Infantry: From Shiloh to Vicksburg."

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