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Letter from George A. B. Hankins to his younger brothers,
Stephen Franklin and Woodvil Simpson Hankins
Cambol County Tennessee Oct. 15th 1862
i take the present opportunity of droping you a few lines for the first time in life. wee are now on ower way to Richmond Ky. we marched eight miles yesterday and are resting to day. we are going threw the Cumberland Gap. it is thirty miles from this place. it is over two hundred miles from here to where wee are going. it will take us a long time to git to ower journeyes end. well boyes i would like mity well to see you. i could tell you a heepe of things that i cant writ. i have seen a great meney things that would surprise you. i hav went threw a good deal of hardships though. i hav stood the racket tolerable well. this leaves me and the boyes all from that portion of the country well. wee will take up ower line of march again tomorrow if no providential henderence. well boyes i hav got a long verry well with ower officers. they hav only had me in the gard tent one time and that time they kept me under guard two dayes and nites. well boyes i expect by this time you are flying around the yound ladies nitly, but as to marrieng i expect you had better put that off til i git home. you wouldent be to old to marry in a year or two yet.
there is no mail threw this country and therefore you neadent to write to me until you hear from me again. giv all inquiring friends my best wishes and except the same your selves. so nothing more this time. only remains your brother til death.
To F. Hankins, W. Hankins G.B. Hankins
Campbell County Tennessee Oct. 15th 1862
I take the present opportunity of dropping you a few lines for the first time in life. We are now on our way to Richmond Ky. We marched eight miles yesterday and are resting today. We are going through the Cumberland Gap. It is thirty miles from this place. It is over two hundred miles from here to where we are going. It will take us a long time to get to our journey's end. Well boys, I would like mighty well to see you. I could tell you a heap of things that I can’t write. I have seen a great many things that would surprise you. I have gone through a good deal of hardships though. I have stood the racket tolerably well. This leaves the boys and me all from that portion of the country well. We will take up our line of march again tomorrow if no providential hindrance. Well boys, I have gotten along very well with our officers. They have only had me in the guard tent one time, and that time they kept me under guard two days and nights. Well boys, I expect by this time you are flying around the young ladies nightly, but as to marrying I expect you had better put that off till I get home. You wouldn’t be too old to marry in a year or two yet.
There is no mail through this country and therefore you needn't write to me until you hear from me again. Give all inquiring friends my best wishes and accept the same yourselves. So nothing more this time. Only remains your brother till death.
To F. Hankins, W. Hankins 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;
F. Hankins: Stephen Franklin Hankins, c. 1846 - , son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins, later husband of Jane (unknown);
W. Hankins: Woodvil Simpson Hankins, c. 1849 - , son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins
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