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Confederate (CSV)


Orlando Thacker Hanks

(1844 - 1926)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted as Private, Company K, First Texas Infantry when they organized in San Augustine County, TX in May - July 1861 and mustered into Confederate service with them near Richmond, VA on 11 October 1861. He was promoted to 4th Corporal in July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in the chest in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was left behind and captured. He was promoted to 2nd Sergeant on 7 October 1864 and was paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 12 April 1865.

References & notes

Service information from Davis1 and Simpson,2 as O.T. Hanks. Sharpsburg wound detail from a 22 September casualty list by Lt. Col. Work published in the Galveston News of 1 November 1862. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

His wartime Reminiscences, written about 1914, are in the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F Austin State University [finding aid]. Parts were edited and published in History of Captain B. F. Benton's Company, Hood's Texas Brigade, 1861-1865 (1984).


01/17/1844; San Augustine, TX


04/24/1926; San Augustine, TX; burial in Dickerson Cemetery, San Augustine, TX


1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pg. 143  [AotW citation 1551]

2   Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pg. 75  [AotW citation 21023]