My great grandfater, William J. Hankins, died in the Greenwood, Louisiana, hospital from dysentery--according to family tradition. According to the book about the Dunn House in Greenwood, LA, which has Civil War history, his name was listed as being transferred from the Shreveport hospital to Greenwood on 18 July 1864. In that book his name is listed as W. J. Hawkins, Rank Private, Regiment Smith Ky. According to the librarian at Shreve Memorial Library, the Smith Ky. regiment was incorrect and that it was probably Col. McNeil's Cavalry or the 4th Cavalry from Natchitoches, Louisiana. We do know that he was living in Natchitoches Parish in 1860.
I'm grasping at straws here, but any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated. I can find no Civil War records anywhere. His name could have been listed as Hankins, Hawkins, Haukins. We've found it different ways on the censuses, etc.