AUTHORS: Mike Stroupe and Sid Stroup
Private William M. Stroup was residing in Gaston County, NC at time of his enlistment into Company H of the 37th Infantry (North Carolina). He was conscripted in the CSA for a period of 3 years by J. C. McRae of Statesville in Iredell County on Aug 12, 1862. His age was not recorded. He was the son of Benjamin Franklin Stroup. His brother, Archibald Cathey Stroup, also served in the Confederate Army in a South Carolinian regiment.
William Stroup was, according to muster rolls, “present and accounted for” during the periods between July 1, 1962 through February 1863 and July 1863 through February 1864.
William fought at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia, which started on May 8, 1864. On May 18th, his right foot was fractured by ‘grape shot.’ He was moved to Jackson Hospital in Richmond where his foot was amputated. William subsequently developed tetanus and died in Richmond on May 31, 1864. He is most probably buried there, but as of this time his burial location is unknown.