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 the Indian Territory and Missouri. Prior to the end of 1861, Hawkins' unit was folded with others into the Fourth Texas Cavalry Battalion or Whitfield’s Cavalry Battalion. During early 1862 he recruited several companies in Texas to round the Battalion into a Legion as envisioned by Whitfield and General McCullough. In May 1862 the Twenty-seventh Texas Cavalry Regiment (aka the Texas Legion) was formed, with Hawkins serving as lieutenant colonel. This regiment had 12 companies, but was not a true legion as it had only Cavalry. On May 9, 1863, Hawkins was promoted to colonel and given command of the regiment as Whitfield was given command of the Texas Brigade. 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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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "HAWKINS, EDWIN R. ," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhacu), accessed June 08, 2014. Uploaded on April 5, 2011. Modified on April 14, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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