Robert W. Banks, Captain, Co. D, 37th Mississippi Infantry, CSA

1843

  • July 29:  Robert Webb Banks was born in Columbus, Mississippi to Dunstan and Lucretia Webb Banks.

1850

  • December 12: The United States Federal Census taken in Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi shows 7 year old Robert living with his parents and siblings. His father is a planter with $25,000 in real estate.

1859

  • Enrolled at the University of Alabama.

1860

  • August 15:  The United States Federal Census taken in Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi shows 17 year old Robert, a student, living with his parents and siblings. His father is listed as a planter.

1862

  • May 1:  Enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Private in Columbus, Mississippi. Assigned to the Co. B 43rd Regiment Mississippi Volunteers.
  • May 17:  Company Muster Roll. Present.  Remarks “Cadet of Alabama University. Ordered back by the Governor of Alabama.”
  • March & August: Company Muster Roll.  Present.
  • September & October:  Company Muster Roll.  Present.
  • November & December:  Company Muster Roll. Remarks “Transferred Nov 20, 1862 to 37 Miss Reg by ord. Genl. Maury.”

1863

  • January & February:  Field and Staff Muster Roll.  Present. On this first muster roll he is listed as a Sergeant Major.
  • July 4: Captured at Vicksburg.
  • July 5:  Robert signs an oath promising never to take up arms against the Untied States again in exchange for release.
  • July 9: Robert shows up on a Roll of Prisoners of War.
  • June 30 – October 31: Field and Staff Muster Roll. Present
  • November & December:  Field and Staff Muster Roll. Absent.  Remarks “Absent with leave.”

1864

  • July & August:  Field and Staff Muster Roll.  Present. Remarks “Assigned to duty Jan. 1. 63”
  • November 30:  Fought in the Battle of Franklin.

1865

  • May 1:  Paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina.

1869

  • November 19:  Robert Banks marries Alice C. Sherrod in Lawrence County, Alabama.

1880

  • June 3:  The United States Federal Census taken in Lowndes County, Mississippi shows Robert, a planter, and Alice living with their children: Sarah, 9, Lucile, 6, Robert, 5 and James, 3.
  • July 2: Daily Commercial, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1908

  • Authored the book The Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864: The Bloodiest Engagement of the War Between the States.

1910

  • April 23:  The United States Federal Census taken in Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi shows a retired Robert and Alice living with their adult children: Lucile, Robert and Alice.

1915

  • February 12:  Gulfport Daily Herald.
  • April 23:  Gulfport Daily Herald:  Robert and Alice’s son, Robert Jr., gets into some trouble with the law but is acquitted of attempt to commit murder.

1919

  • September:  Robert Webb Banks dies.
  • September 15: Obituary appears in Gulfport Daily Herald.

Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967, Univ. Press of Mississippi