(c. 1828 - c. 1870)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Texas Infantry
He served in Company B, 2nd Texas Mounted regiment in the Mexican War (1846-48). He enlisted in Company F, First Texas Infantry on 25 September 1861 at Camp McCleod, VA and may have been promoted to 3rd Sergeant in October 1861.
On the Campaign
He was severely wounded in the leg in action and captured in the Miller Cornfield at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 while carrying a message requesting support from Lieutenant Colonel Work.
The rest of the War
His right leg was amputated. He was admitted to a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD on 25 November and transferred to Baltimore on 5 December 1862. He was paroled, date not given, and was discharged for disability on 8 January 1863.
After the War
He was an attorney in Jefferson County, TX. An (undated) news item says he fell from a second story to his death; some family suggest he was pushed.
References & notes
Service information from Davis,1 who has him as Sgt S.G. Hanks, and Simpson,2 who says he was appointed Sergeant in October 1862. Colonel Work identifies him as a Private in his Sharpsburg after-action Report. Hospital and wound details from the Patient List.3 Personal details from family genealogists.
He married Eliza Isabella Taliaferro (b. 1825) in February 1850 and they had 4 children. She was receiving a pension for his Mexican War service in about 1888.
c. 1828; San Augustine, TX
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, Pg. 142 [AotW citation 1482]
2 Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pg. 46 [AotW citation 20931]
3 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #1.471 [AotW citation 20932]