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Letter from Robert Price Hankins to his parents
Murfeers boro Tenn October the 301st 1862
well father and mother i now seat my self for the first time in life to drop you a few lines to let you know how i am gitin a longe. i am as well as you could expetect. well daddy this thinge that i am inn is a harde thinge for mee to stand. i have wished i had never com her. if i was at hom now you betr recken I wod stay thar surley. i expecte we will hafto fight the yankeys at nashvill befour meney day. buel is at nashvill with one hunderd and fifty thou men. well daddy i recken i had betr tell you somthinge about my travel. i marcht from knoxvill to the Comblin Gape and back. That made a bout one hundred and fifty miles. i hade to cary my knapsack and my gun and evry thinge that i hadde and it like to wore mee out. my feet was so sore that i could hardly mak it alley. i hant never herd from hom sence i left and i began to wanto her from thar very bad. i want you to write to mee and write all the newse and about your self and mother and the balance of the famley for i want to see you all the worst sort. tell burton Taylor to write to mee for i will rite to him some time soon. Robert P. Hankins
Wretford Count Tenn October the 31st 1862
well father i have turned over to write you a few more lines but i have such a bad way to write that it tiers mee to so bad i hafto seat onn the grond and write onn my nees and it wars mee out. tell Thomes to i want him to write to mee and tell him that i sed if i was him i wod stay at hom for this thinge cald ware dont sute mee well. mother i don’t want you to be uneasy a bout uss boyes for we will do the best we can. sho this letter to America and if you cant red it she can and tell heir i want to see heir and you all for could tell you lots of things. well mother i have sean hard times sence i left and i am a frad that i will see wors one be four I gite hom.
tell Franklin and Wodville and Sicy all to write and tell Elizey to write to mee. tell America i want heir to write mee for i have wrote heir about one letter a weke sence i left hom. i intend to com hoam the first chance i can git. we have a bad way to live hir so nothing mour this time. only I remain yours untell deth.
To John M. Hankins Robert P. Hankins
Murfreesboro, Tenn. October 31, 1862
Well father and mother, I now seat myself for the first time in life to drop you a few lines to let you know how I am getting along. I am as well as you could expect. Well daddy, this thing that I am in is a hard thing for me to stand. I have wished I had never come here. If I was at home now you better reckon I would stay there surely. I expect we will have to fight the Yankees at Nashville before many days. Buell is at Nashville with one hundred and fifty thousand men. Well daddy, I reckon I had better tell you something about my travel. I marched from Knoxville to the Cumberland Gap and back. That made about one hundred and fifty miles. I had to carry my knapsack and my gun and everything that I had, and it almost wore me out. My feet were so sore that I could hardly make it all the way. I haven't heard from home since I left and I began to want to hear from there very bad. I want you to write to me and write all the news and about yourself and mother and the balance of the family for I want to see you all in the worst way. Tell Burton Taylor to write to me for I will write to him some time soon. Robert P. Hankins
Rutherford County, Tenn. October 31, 1862
Well father, I have turned over to write you a few more lines but I have such a bad way to write that it tires me to so bad I have to sit on the ground and write on my knees and it wears me out. Tell Thomas to I want him to write to me and tell him that I said if I was him I would stay at home, for this thing called war doesn't suit me. Well mother, I don’t want you to be uneasy about us boys, for we will do the best we can. Show this letter to America, and if you can’t read it she can, and tell her I want to see her and you all, for I could tell you lots of things. Well mother, I have seen hard times since I left and I am afraid that I will see worse ones before I get home.
Tell Franklin and Woodvil and Sicy all to write and tell Eliza to write to me. Tell America I want her to write me for I have written her about one letter a week since I left home. I intend to come home the first chance I can get. We have a bad way to live here, so nothing more this time. Only I remain yours until death.
To John M. Hankins Robert P. Hankins
Original in possession of Gale and Virginia Sanders, transcription by Paul Hays, April 2004
Robert P. Hankins: Robert Price Hankins, 11/17/1838 – 2/23/1916, 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;
Burton Taylor: William Burton Taylor, 4/9/1818 – 2/27/1863, parents unknown, husband of Robert’s oldest sister, Telitha Ann Caroline Hankins;
Thomas: Thomas George Anderson Hankins, 11/10/1829 – c. 4/13/1864, Co. K, 16th Alabama Infantry, son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins, husband of Elizabeth (Betts) (Petty?);
America: America E. Davis, c. 1846 – bef. 1871, parents unknown, first wife of Robert Price Hankins;
Franklin: Stephen Franklin Hankins, c. 1846 - , son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins, later husband of Jane (unknown);
Woodvil: Woodvil Simpson Hankins, c. 1849 - , son of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins;
Sicy: Martha E. (Sissy) Hankins, 1852 – aft. 1920, daughter of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins, later wife of John B. Taylor;
Eliza: Eliza Jane W. Hankins, 5/27/1841 – 3/18/1914, daughter of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins, wife of James Wesley Moore.
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