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Alfred P. Hanks

Alfred P. Hanks

The Gravestone of Alfred Hanks

Alfred P. Hanks was a resident of Mansfield on August 13, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; he was severely wounded in the side, June 3, 1864 at Cold Harbor, Virginia.

Following his wounding at Cold Harbor, Alfred Hanks was hospitalized until July 12th when he was granted a furlough. After a grueling journey home, he arrived in Mansfield on the 18th.  He recuperated there until he was called back to service on August 13th.  Reluctantly, he returned to his regiment, but he was still weak and needed more time to recuperate from his wound.  Rather than returning to the line, he was assigned to assist Julian Parker, the Hospital Steward (also from Mansfield). He was discharged for disability May 16, 1865.

The descriptive muster roll of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 18 and his occupation as clerk.  He is described as 5’ 5” tall with a fair complexion and black hair and dark eyes. His marital status is single.

He was born April 14, 1844 in Mansfield to Frederick F. and Abigail (Page) Hanks. In the 1860 U.S. census in Marlborough, he is a 16 year old clerk in the household of Edwin P. Hanks. He was a clerk in a hotel in East Lyme in 1870 and living in his mother’s household in Marlborough by the 1880 U.S. census. Alfred Hanks was living in Fitch’s Home for Soldiers by 1900, he was a clerk in 1900 and listed as an inmate in 1910 who was Sergeant Major in the institution office; he never married. The Mansfield Historical Society has his diary for 1864 which contains information regarding the regiment’s activities and many stories of his fellow soldiers.

On March 5, 1866, he applied for an invalid pension, No.1041,078 that was granted under certificate No. 183,264. According to the list of pensioners on the roll in 1883, he was receiving a monthly pension amount unstated for a gunshot wound in the right side.

Alfred P. Hanks died on December 8, 1916 at the Fitch Soldiers Home in Darien and is buried in Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Hebron, Connecticut.

The Diary of Alfred P. Hanks

The Diary of Alfred Hanks provides insight into many different aspects of a soldier’s life. Hanks spans the normal day-to-day operations as well as active battles. This includes the battle at Cold Harbor, which left him injured and fellow Mansfield soldiers Canfield Humphrey and Theodore F. Bennett dead.

Hanks’ diary also gives a perspective lacking in other diaries- it has Mansfield as a center. Due to the 21st Regiment having the largest number of Mansfield Civil War soldiers enlisted, the diary includes references and extra information about other Mansfield soldiers such as Henry Thorne (Thorn) and the Parker brothers. Overall, Hanks’ diary includes Mansfield beyond that of just a hometown showing Mansfield as the Homefront as well as on the field in the form of other soldiers.

Edwin M. Thorne

Edwin M. Thorne

Edwin M. Thorne was a resident of Mansfield on April 11, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. B of the 25th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and he was mustered out on August 26, 1863. On December 30, 1863, he was a Tolland resident and enlisted in Co. C of the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery Regiment.  He was wounded on June 5, 1864 in Cedar Creek, Virginia and discharged on June 5, 1865.

In the 1860 U.S. census in Mansfield, he is a 16 year old farm laborer in the household of Jabez Avery. He married Elizabeth ______ between 1865 and 1867. Their children include: Minnie L. Thorne, born about. February 1868, died March 18, 1868, Emma L. Thorne, born about 1869, Everet Thorne, born about 1872, Edwin F. Thorne, born about 1875, died July 3, 1882 and Rora E. Thorne, born about 1877. Edwin worked as an insurance agent, hay dealer and the proprietor of a hotel according to census records. He married second Charlotte I. _______ between 1880 and 1900.

On June 24, 1865, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 74,090 that was granted under certificate No. 45,994. According to the list of pensioners on the roll in 1883, Edwin M. Thorne was receiving a pension of $18 per month for the loss of his right hand.

His widow, Elizabeth filed for a pension on July 18, 1911 and his widow, Charlotte filed a contested widows pension on October 25, 1911.

Edwin M. Thorne died on January 3, 1910 and is buried at the Old Willimantic Cemetery in Windham, Connecticut. There is a large Thorne monument and the surrounding stones are for his family. One side of the monument is for Henry W. Thorne, who served in the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry from Mansfield; they are probable brothers. A metal plate on the monument is for Martha A. Thorne, born about 1802; she may be their mother.

Henry W. Thorne

Henry W. Thorne

Henry W. Thorne was a resident of Mansfield on August 7, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; he was killed in action at Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia on May 16, 1864. His death was recorded in the diary of Alfred P. Hanks.

“Thorn of our Co. was instantly killed being shot through the head”

Hanks Diary, May 16, 1864

The descriptive muster roll of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 25 and his occupation as farmer.  He is described as 5’ 7” tall with a fair complexion and dark eyes and brown hair.  His marital status is single. 

He may have been the Henry Thorne, born about 1837 in Massachusetts. In the 1860 U.S. census, Henry W. Thorne is living in Willimantic, Connecticut.  He is listed as 23 year old farmer in the household of Rebecca Ester.

Henry W. Thorne is buried at the Old Willimantic Cemetery in Windham, Connecticut. The other faces of this large monument and surrounding stones are for Edwin M. Thorne, a fellow soldier in the 25th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, and the rest of his family. They are probable brothers. A plate of the monument is for Martha A. Thorne, born about 1802; she may be their mother.

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