The J.W. Hincks family of New Orleans was relatively well-off at the outbreak of the Civil War. Two of their children were Confederate soldiers. Henry Anatole is listed as Sgt. A. Hincks, Louisiana Militia, Orleans Guards Regiment, Co. D. Joseph A. Hincks is listed as J.A. Hincks, South Carolina Artillery, Manigault’s Battalion, Co. D. Joseph Hincks enlisted May 7, 1864, and was detailed to Maj. Gen. Jones at headquarters as a 1st Class clerk. In that capacity Hincks was able to censor his own outbound Flag of Truce mail as well as take advantage of his contacts at the Federal command post at Hilton Head. His knowledge of the constantly changing military developments along the Atlantic coast allowed him to alter his mailing methods, thus ensuring that substantial numbers of his letters to family members in New Orleans reached their destination.