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Letter from George A. B. Hankins to his father,
John Miller Hankins
Murfreesboro Tenn Dec. 27th/62
i seete my self this morning to drop you a few lines. this leaves me well and I hope will find you and all of the rest of the family the same. wee hav not had a verry interesting Christmas. every thing seemes to be dull. there was a man shot yesterday in ower brigade for desurting. they marched us out to see the site. i was a bout twenty steps from him when he was shot. they killed him so dead that he never kicked. i think if a man goes home with out leave and was to come back on his own accord they wouldent hurt him verry much but if they hav to fech him back by force i believe they will put all such to death from now on. they are gitting verry tite on deserters. there was five killed yesterday about his place though only one in ower brigade. there is some fiting going on between here and Nashville. wee heard the cannons all day yesterday and they hav commenced again this morning. i think they are only scrumishing. i would like mity well to see you all but i don’t know when i can come home. i got a letter yesterday from Thomas. i am going to write to him before long. Jim Moore got one from Eliza yesterday. the boyes is all well from ower part of the Country. i will close for this time. you must all do the best you can. maby this war will end sometime. write soon. i remains yours as ever.
G. B. Hankins
To John M. Hankins
Murfreesboro, Tenn. Dec. 27, 1862
I seat myself this morning to drop you a few lines. This leaves me well and I hope will find you and all of the rest of the family the same. We have not had a very interesting Christmas. Everything seems to be dull. There was a man shot yesterday in our brigade for deserting. They marched us out to see the sight. I was about twenty steps from him when he was shot. They killed him so dead that he never kicked. I think if a man goes home without leave and was to come back on his own accord they wouldn’t hurt him very much, but if they have to fetch him back by force I believe they will put all such to death from now on. They are getting very tight on deserters. There were five killed yesterday about his place, though only one in our brigade. There is some fighting going on between here and Nashville. We heard the cannons all day yesterday and they have commenced again this morning. I think they are only skirmishing. I would like mighty well to see you all but I don’t know when I can come home. I got a letter yesterday from Thomas. I am going to write to him before long. Jim Moore got one from Eliza yesterday. The boys are all well from our part of the Country. I will close for this time. You must all do the best you can. Maybe this war will end sometime. Write soon. I remain yours as ever.
G. B. Hankins
To John M. 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;
Jim Moore: James Wesley Moore, 4/1829 – bef. 1910, Co. K, 41st Alabama, son of Elizabeth Kirkland & John Patterson Moore, husband of Eliza Hankins;
Eliza: Eliza Jane W. Hankins, 5/27/1841 – 3/18/1914, daughter of Martha Morton & John Miller Hankins
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