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Letter from George A. B. Hankins
to parents and family, December 18, 1862
Murfreesboro Tenn Dec. 18th/62
Dear Father & Mother brothers sisters,
i take the present opportunity of droping you a few lines. this leaves me well and i hope will find you all the same. i hav nothing that is verry interesting to write. i wrote a letter to Thomas a few dayes ago which i expect you will see before this comes to hand. i hav to say to you that R P Hankins left ower camps last Tuesday nite without leave. he went in company with three men from Capt ogdens company J Farquhar R Dennis S Braisure. early next morning after they left lieutenant Henry and a squad of calverymen started after them. i hav not heard enny thing from them yet. i cant tell what will be the result. Robert received a letter from his wife the day that he started in the nite. i heard him read the letter and i wish to giv you some of the contents. she intimated as though she had paid you more money than was Just. she said she had paid you thirteen dollars and you still claimed more. she also said that she couldent git wool to make R P enny more close. she said she bought 5 pounds from father and had to pay him one dollar a pound. she also said that dug morton was at their house a few dayes ago and he said that father was a damd tite man. for that I shal try and recollect Mr. Dugles and want you all to do the same. Father i will say to you that i have node you a long time and hav never node you to take enny thing from enny of your children yet that was not Just and i cant be indused to believe such athing. my advice to you would be for you to stand up for your Just rites in all cases. i would like mity well to see you all though it is a bad chance for me to git to come home at this time. you must all write as soon and often as you can. i want to know in your next letter if dug morton did go to the war. i will close for this time and so nothing more this time. only i remains yours most affectionate
G. B. Hankins
Murfreesboro, Tenn. Dec. 18, 1862
Dear Father & Mother, brothers sisters,
I take the present opportunity of dropping you a few lines. This leaves me well and I hope will find you all the same. I have nothing that is very interesting to write. I wrote a letter to Thomas a few days ago which I expect you will see before this comes to hand. I have to say to you that R. P. Hankins left our camps last Tuesday night without leave. He went in company with three men from Capt. Ogden’s company: J. Farquhar, R. Dennis, S. Braisure. Early next morning after they left, Lieutenant Henry and a squad of cavalrymen started after them. I have not heard anything from them yet. I can’t tell what will be the result. Robert received a letter from his wife the day that he started in the night. I heard him read the letter and I wish to give you some of the contents. She intimated as though she had paid you more money than was just. She said she had paid you thirteen dollars and you still claimed more. She also said that she couldn’t get wool to make R. P. any more clothes. She said she bought 5 pounds from father and had to pay him one dollar a pound. She also said that Doug Morton was at their house a few days ago and he said that father was a damned tight man. For that I shall try and recollect Mr. Dugles and want you all to do the same. Father, I will say to you that I have known you a long time and have never known you to take anything from any of your children, yet that was not just and I can’t be induced to believe such a thing. My advice to you would be for you to stand up for your just rights in all cases. I would like mighty well to see you all, though it is a bad chance for me to get to come home at this time. You must all write as soon and often as you can. I want to know in your next letter if Doug Morton did go to the war. I will close for this time and so nothing more this time. Only I remain your most affectionate
G. B. Hankins
Original in possession of Gale and Virginia Sanders, transcription by Paul Hays, April 2004
G. B. Hankins: George A. B. Hankins, c. 1844 – 7/20/1864, Co. K, 41st Alabama Infantry, son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins
John Miller Hankins, c. 1807 – bef. 1866;
Martha Morton Hankins, 1/28/1810 – 2/20/1891;
R. P. Hankins: Robert Price Hankins, 11/17/1838 – 2/23/1916, Co. K, 41st Alabama Infantry (9/1862-12/1862), Co. H, Roddy’s Cavalry (12/1862-5/1865), son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins
J. Farquhar: probably James Gusti Farquhar, 1/21/1831 – 5/21/1910, Co. H, 41st Alabama Infantry, son of Lavina Kirkland & Anderson Farquhar
R. Dennis: probably Robert Dennis, Co. H, 41st Alabama
S. Braisure: probably Alex S. Brashier, Co. H, 41st Alabama
Doug Morton: William Douglas Morton, son of Isabella (unknown) & John Morton, and 1st cousin of George Hankins
Mr. Dugles: ?
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