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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1725
Title, Dates: Civil War recollections of S. M. Hankins, 1861-1865.
Amount: 0.10 cubic ft.
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Summary:     This series consists of a thirty-five page typescript entitled "My Recollections of the Confederate War," transcribed from the original "pencilled in longhand in an old account ledger." There is no indication of when the transcript was made or how it came to be interfiled with miscellaneous administrative files of the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs.

    The recollections were written by Confederate veteran S. M. Hankins, and begin with Florida's secession in 1861, when Hankins was 14 years old. They recall Floridians' initial reactions to the threat of war; the raising of military units; the death of a cousin resulting from combat wounds and imprisonment; the imprisonment of women and children and the burning of their homes if their husbands, fathers, or brothers were suspected of deserting; the shooting of deserters; the wartime treatment of African Americans; Hankins' enlistment at age 16; escorting prisoners to Andersonville; the Battle of Natural Bridge; and other wartime events.

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Reproduction Note: Transcript Typed transcript only.
Location of Originals/Duplicates: Original manuscript retained by Hankins family (last known location).
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Subject Access Fields: Hankins, S. M.
African Americans History To 1863. Florida
African Americans History 1863-1877. Florida
Reminiscences. aat
Florida History Civil War, 1861-1865
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
United States History --Veterans Civil War, 1861-1865 Florida
Added Entries Hankins, S. M.