Charles and Polly Ann Banks Hicks papers
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Charles and Polly Ann Banks Hicks papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hicks, Charles, 1831-1941.
Title: Charles and Polly Ann Banks Hicks papers
Dates: 1894-1996
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (4 folders)
Identification: MS 1634

Biographical/Historical Note

During the Civil War, Charles Hicks (1838-1941) accompanied his master, Lt. James R. Hicks, into the Johnson County Grays, officially known as the 14th Georgia Infantry Regiment, Company F. When James Hicks was wounded in 1864, Charles Hicks was sent home, where he joined the 100th Colored Volunteer Infantry, Company C, on December 1, 1864. He was later captured by the Union Army and put into service as a cook, a service for which he was entitled to a pension following the war. While in the Union Army, Hicks used the alias Charles Page. Hicks spent the remainder of his life as a farmer in Toombs County, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers pertaining to Charles Hicks and his family. Included are personal property assessments, materials from the 1938 Gettysburg reunion, pension records, and newspaper clippings. Also included in this collection are papers from Charles Hicks' third wife, Polly Ann Banks Hicks. Her papers include survivor benefit papers, property assessment records for her father, and her midwifery certificate.

Index Terms

African Americans--Pensions--Georgia.
Appraisals (records)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Confederate States of America. Army--African American troops.
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 14th. Company F.
Financial records.
Hicks, Charles, 1831-1941.
Hicks, Polly Ann Banks, 1884-1972.
Pensions (compensation)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.
United States. Army. Colored Volunteer Infantry, 110th. Company C.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Charles and Polly Ann Banks Hicks papers, MS 1634, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Andrew Mark Thompson, 1999.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Charles Hicks papers


2Polly Ann Banks Hicks papers


3Photographs. View images: 1 | 2.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized


4Newspaper clippings
Online Inventory Contains Digitized
A-1634-001: Wooden cane carved by Charles Hicks, undated View online.