HAWKINS, EDWIN R.
HAWKINS, EDWIN R. (1831–1904). Edwin R. Hawkins, physician and Confederate officer, was born in Macon County, North Carolina, on February 21, 1831, the son of Robert Washington and Anne Brown (Featherstone) Hawkins. Hawkins eventually moved to Texas, where he worked as a physician in Titus County. In March 1852 Hawkins married Aurelia Josephine Wynne.
In August 1861, after the outbreak of the Civil War, Hawkins raised a company of cavalry known as Hawkins's Fencibles, which was assigned to the Texas State Troops militia. From August to December 1861, Hawkins led this unit in action in Missouri. Prior to the end of 1861, Hawkins' unit was folded with others into the Twenty-seventh Texas Cavalry Regiment, with Hawkins serving as lieutenant colonel. On May 9, 1863, Hawkins was promoted to colonel and given command of the regiment. For much of 1863, however, Hawkins was ill. For this reason, his subordinate John H. Broocks often commanded the Twenty-seventh Texas Cavalry throughout the remainder of the war. Hawkins died on January 4, 1904, and was buried at East Mount Cemetery in Greenville, Hunt County, Texas.
Field Officers Serving in Texas Confederate Regiments (http://history-sites.com/~kjones/txoffs.html), accessed January 30, 2011. Richard Loyall Jurney, History of Titus County, Texas 1846–1960 (Dallas: Royal, 1961). James A. Mundie, Jr., with Bruce S. Allardice, Dean E. Letzring, and John H. Luckey, Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill College Press, 2002). 27TH TEXAS CAVALRY, Confederate States Army (http://gen.1starnet.com/civilwar/27cvhist.htm), accessed May 25, 2006.
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