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Letter from George A. B. Hankins to his parents, September 28, 1862, with postscript from James Wesley Moore to Eliza
Knoxville Tenn September 28th 1862
Dear Father & Mother,
wrote you a letter and some time back i sent it by mr bobo it was lev bobo i also sent thirty dollars of money by him Father i sent twenty dollars to you and ten to mother i hav got plenty of money here to answer my purposes i was sick when i wrote to you though i hav now got well i am in as good health as could be expected under all pervailing surcomstanses we hav hot marching orders wee hav to leave this place tomorrow morning wee hav to march 250 miles up in kentuckey some where i don’t know where wee will stop at i don’t know when i will git to come home Mother i understand that you are fixing me some clos i don’t kneede enny thing not wont in along time if enny thing should happen that i should kneede close i will try and git to come after them well buying me a Cott i would advise you to not buy it unless you can git a good bargain you are Judge nough to know what to do wee can fix up about a horse when i git home i am in hopes that this thing will not last long it is the opinion of the most of the soldiers that it will wind up some time this winter Sam Prichard sends you his best respects Robert sayes he will write to you when wee git stationed and i will do the same Franklin you and Woody musent marry until i git home take good care of your cotts i would like mity well to see you all you must write to me as soon and often as you can something more this time only remains yours as ever
G. B. Hankins
To Jonn M. Hankins and Family
Eliza, you must git your father to see some thing about paying my tax. it will be a small amount. i am very sorry that i cant git a chance to send you some money but there is no chance now. i wrote to you yesterday. wee have to start tomorrow on a long march and i am afraid wee will hav to leave some of ower things. do the best you can. yours as ever. To E. J. W. Moore.........J. W. Moore
tell abba that i want to see her mity bad.
Knoxville, Tennessee, September 28th 1862
Dear Father & Mother,
I wrote you a letter and some time back. I sent it by Mr. Bobo. It was Lev Bobo. I also sent thirty dollars of money by him. Father, I sent twenty dollars to you and ten to mother. I have plenty of money here to answer my purposes I was sick when I wrote to you, though I have now gotten well I am in as good health as could be expected under all prevailing circumstances. We have gotten marching orders. We have to leave this place tomorrow morning. We have to march 250 miles up in Kentucky somewhere. I don’t know where we will stop. I don’t know when I will get to come home. Mother, I understand that you are fixing me some clothes. I don’t need anything and won't in a long time. If anything should happen that I should need clothes, I will try to get to come after them. Well, buying me a cot -- I would advise you to not buy it unless you can get a good bargain. You are judge enough to know what to do. We can fix up about a horse when I get home I am in hopes that this thing will not last long. It is the opinion of most of the soldiers that it will wind up some time this winter. Sam Prichard sends you his best respects. Robert says he will write to you when we get stationed, and I will do the same. Franklin, you and Woody mustn’t marry until I get home. Take good care of your cots. I would like mighty well to see you all. You must write to me as soon and often as you can -- something more this time. Only remains yours as ever
G. B. Hankins
To Jonn M. Hankins and Family
Eliza, you must get your father to see something about paying my tax. It will be a small amount. I am very sorry that I can’t get a chance to send you some money but there is no chance now. I wrote to you yesterday. We have to start tomorrow on a long march, and I am afraid we will have to leave some of our things. Do the best you can. Yours as ever. To E. J. W. Moore...…………....J. W. Moore
Tell Abba that I want to see her mighty bad.
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;
Lev Bobo: probably Levingston Bobo
Sam Prichard: ?
Robert: Robert Price Hankins, 11/17/1838 – 2/23/1916, Co. K, 41st Alabama Infantry, son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins
Franklin: Stephen Franklin Hankins, c. 1846 - , son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins, later husband of Jane (unknown);
Woody: Woodvil Simpson Hankins, c. 1849 - , son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins;
Eliza: Eliza Jane W. Hankins, 5/27/1841 – 3/18/1914, daughter of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins, wife of J. W. Moore;
J. W. Moore: James Wesley Moore, 4/1829 – bef. 1910, Co. K, 41st Alabama Infantry, son of Elizabeth Kirkland & John Patterson Moore, husband of Eliza Hankins
Abba: Martha Abigail Moore, 6/1858 – 9/5/1938, daughter of Eliza & J. W. Moore, later wife of Cornelius Stephen McDougal
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