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


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


  • December 12: The U.S. Federal Census taken in Columbus, Lowndes County, MS showed 7 year old Robert living with his parents and siblings. His father was a planter with $25,000 in real estate and 50 slaves.


  • Enrolled at the University of Alabama.


  • August 15:  The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Columbus, Lowndes County, MS showed 17 year old Robert, a student, living with his parents and siblings. His father was listed as a planter.


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


  • 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.”


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


  • May 1: Paroled at Greensboro, NC.


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


  • June 3:  The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Lowndes County, MS showed Robert, a planter, and Alice living with their children: Sarah, 9, Lucile, 6, Robert, 5 and James, 3.
  • July 2: Daily Commercial, Vicksburg, MS


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


  • April 23:  The U.S. Federal Census enumerated in Biloxi, Harrison County, MS showed a retired Robert and Alice living with their adult children: Lucile, Robert and Alice.


  • 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.


  • September:  Robert Webb Banks died.
  • September 15: Obituary appeared in Gulfport Daily Herald

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