Lt. Robert B. Hendricks, a Henry County native, fought for the 46th/55th TN Infantry. Originally from Henry County, TN, Hendricks enlisted as a private in Company K, 46th TN at Paris, TN in November 1861.
He was captured at Island No. 10 in 1862 and he spent months in prison at Camp Chase and Johnson’s Island before he was exchanged. Later when his old regiment was re-organized he became a lieutenant in his old company.
When the 46th was sent to Port Hudson in 1863 it merged with the 55th TN. These two regiments – 46th/55th – served together the rest of the war.
Having barely escaped at Ezra Church (Georgia), Hendricks fought at Franklin (November 1864). He fell with many other boys from the 46th/55th, including Captain Pleasant M. Hope and his brother William. This regiment was 250 before Franklin and only 25 answered the call after.
Hendricks was mortally wounded at Franklin and died on December 2nd at the age of 32. He was survived by his wife Sarah J. Warnick and two daughters.
According to historian T. Burgess, Lt. Robert B. Hendricks is buried in the McGavock CSA Cemetery, Tn. Section 52, Grave #14.
Historian Eric A. Jacobson writes that William L. Hope is buried in that plot.
Picture credit: Portraits of Conflict; p. 231.