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Bruce Crump Denton Fagan Hanks McRae Patterson

Obituary of Calvin Jones Hanks, Memphis, Tennessee

Memorial resolutions passed by Camp 28, U. C. V., of Memphis, Tenn., at the meeting on May 6, state that: "in the death of Calvin Jones Hanks this Camp and Company A, Uniformed Rank, have lost a valued and esteemed member, whose ever loyal presence at our meetings will be sadly missed-one who, as a soldier, did his whole duty through those stirring and strenuous days of 1861-65. As a citizen, he was true and law-abiding; as a friend, ever responsive to those ties that bind us heart and hand. Not again will he gladden us with his usual cheer.

"Calvin Jones Hanks was born at Clarksville, Ga., on December 16, 1834. When only three years of age he was robbed of his father by the hands of an assasin. Soon thereafter his mother moved with her relatives to Searcy, Ark., where comrade Hanks continued to live until after the close of the War between the States. Early in the spring of 1861 he joined the first company fo Southern soldiers raised in his county (White) and served as a member of Company E, 1st Arkansas Battalion of Cavalry, doing duty for several months along the State border on the Missouri line, afterwards serving with distinction upon the staffs of Gens. Dandridge McRae and James F. Fagan, in the Trans-Mississippi Department; and he was paroled at Shreveport, La., on June 7, 1865....For some years then he was engaged as chief clerk of steamboats plying the Memphis and White River trade. Thus he was engaged when the war clouds appeared upon the horizon.

"Returning to his devastated home in 1865, he became a commercial traveler for a Louisville (Ky.) firm. After a few years he joined the Memphis firm of Brooks-Neely & Company as salesman in Arkansas, which firm he served for more than thirty years. Then, age coming upon him, he retired to his farm home at Georgetown, Tenn., until some months ago, when sickness came upon him and he was compelled to go to his daughter's home, where he departed this life on March 20, 1922. He left surviving an only daughter, Mrs. B. M. Bruce, of this city.

"Peace to his ashes and honor to his memory.

"Committee, F. D. Denton, M. D. Patterson, M. V. Crump."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1922.

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