BANKS, W.H. (1827 ~ 1901). W.H. Banks was born in Georgia in 1827. When he was 27 years old he moved to Texas.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, Banks enlisted in Company A of the 2nd Louisiana Infantry on May 9, 1861 for a period of one year. That same month, Banks was detached from his company for ambulance duty. In November 1861, his duties changed to that of a teamster at Yorktown.
On May 1, 1862, Banks reenlisted for a period of three years. The military rolls that follow say he was detached at the 2nd Department in Richmond. In November of 1862 he is reported as absent without leave, but he remained on the rolls until 1863. One record reported he was in Texas. In July of 1865 he was on a list of prisoner's of war, and signed The Oath of Allegiance at Millican, Texas. Federal troops occupied Millican, a town in Brazos, County, beginning in June of 1865.
The railhead at Millican was a transportation center for the Confederacy, and there was a training camp nearby that was established in 1861.
Banks lived in Texas for the rest of his life after the Civil War. He worked as a contractor and at some point made Dallas his home. He was married, as he listed himself as a widower on the Confederate Home Roster. His wife's name and whether they had any children is unknown. Banks was admitted to the Confederate Men's Home on September 18, 1900 and he died December 3, 1901. He was buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
Information from Confederate Home Roster records, compiled military service records and the Handbook of Texas Online.