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Thomas Hankins letter to his parents, Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins
October 12, 1861
October the 12th 1861
By the Reques of Thomas Hankins I take the metherd of informing you that he is sick at this time tho is much Better than he has Bin he took his pen in hand himself to rite to you and Became so week that he got me to rite for him I think that he will Be up and reddy for duty in A few dey he went to the hospittle to stay But he mendin so fast that he came Back this morning he sais that he has no news to rite to you more the health of our company is mutch Better than it has Bin for some time We surpose that we mak our ******* monday next we don’t know Any more about the wars than you do we are among good meny Yunion men men here I surpose that there is A prossheet of us disbanding from Zolacrofers Briggade and joining Walkers at mongromery we are all well pleas with this idies we have not herd from old marion Conty in some time I and we would like to hear from their Evry day if posable Tom said for you to tell Burt taler that he will rite to in *** *** **** that he had Receive his letter and was glad to hear that he was well Also sais for Bob to rite to him tell mother that I wannt see her verry Bad tell Betts that I am coming home as soon I com and for her to do the Best She Can until I come home and then I will give her another six monts instruction tell her to send my little sweet children to school Every day that she can to pursuaid them to go and not whip them tell Betts that I long to see the day wen I can waft her in my arms So nothing more But Remain **** suin umtell death Thomas Hankins
October 12th 1861
By the request of Thomas Hankins I take this method of informing you that he is sick at this time, though much better than he has been. He took his pen in hand himself to write to you and became so weak that he got me to write for him. I think that he will be up and ready for duty in a few days. He went to the hospital to stay, but mended so fast that he came back this morning. He says that he has no more news to write to you. The health of our company is much better than it has been for some time. We suppose that we will make our ******* Monday next. We don’t know any more about the war than you do. We are among a good many Union men here. I suppose that there is a prospect of us disbanding from Zolicoffer's Brigade and joining Walkers at Montgomery. We are all well pleased with this idea. We have not heard from old Marion County in some time. We would like to hear from there every day if possible. Tom said for you to tell Burt Taylor that he will write to him in a few days, that he had received his letter, and was glad to hear that he was well. He also says for Bob to write to him. Tell mother that I want see her very bad. Tell Betts that I am coming home as soon as I can, and for her to do the best she can until I come home and then I will give her another six months instruction. Tell her to send my little sweet children to school every day that she can to persuade them to go, and not to whip them. Tell Betts that I long to see the day when I can waft her in my arms. So nothing more but he remains your son until death. Thomas Hankins
C. C. Holladay is a little complaining this morning so write soon.
Original in possession of Gale and Virginia Sanders, transcription by Paul Hays, April 2004
[Thomas George Anderson Hankins, 11/10/1829 - c. 4/13/1864, Private, Co. K, 16th Alabama Infantry; married 11/5/1851 Elizabeth (Betts) (Petty?);
John Miller Hankins, c. 1807 – bef. 1866;
Martha Morton Hankins, 1/28/1810 – 2/20/1891;
Burt Taylor was William Burton Taylor, husband of Thomas’ older sister, Telitha Ann Caroline Hankins;
C. C. Holladay was probably Christopher C. Holliday, also a Private, Co. K, 16th Alabama – relationship, if any, unknown]
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