AUTHOR: Michael Stroupe
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The sons of Jacob Cephus Stroup, Daniel “Dane” and Jasper, both resided in White Pine [now Cherryville] in Gaston County, N.C, and they both fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Daniel S. (Dane) Stroup, 1843-1927
In March 1862, nineteen-year-old Daniel S. Stroup, who was called “Dane,” voluntarily enlisted at Lincolnton, Lincoln County, NC for a period of “3 years or duration of the War.” He was a Private in Company I, 11th Infantry Regiment, “Bethel Regiment,” North Carolina. Dane was described as 5’ 7½” tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes, and black hair. He was noted as “present and accounted for” in 1862. On August 2, 1862, Dane was paid $50 “bounty” for his enlistment. Two weeks later he was admitted to the CSA General Military Hospital #4 in Wilmington NC, suffering from “dyspepsia” (a painful and difficult digestion which is followed by problems like nausea, vomiting, heartburn and stomach discomfort). He was released two weeks later, on August 18th.
He was ‘present and accounted for” during the winter and spring of 1863 but reported as “missing in action, Gettysburg” on muster rolls dated “July and August” and “September and October” 1863. In November of 1863, Dane is officially reported by his infantry as a “Prisoner of War – captured at Gettysburg,” which suggests that his regiment had only just learned that Dane had been wounded and captured during the Battle of Gettysburg that had occurred three months earlier, in July. He was confined as a prisoner at Fort Delaware until transferred to Point Lookout, Maryland in October 1863. On October 30th, he was admitted to the Union Small Pox Hospital at Point Lookout.
Dane was eventually transferred to Venus Point, Savannah River Georgia, where he was imprisoned for over a year. On November 15, 1864, he was received by the Confederate Forces, in a prisoner exchange. Three short months later, Daniel returned for duty on January 2, 1865 and detailed to the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area. He was recorded as “present and accounted for” until he was captured at Petersburg, Virginia on April 2, 1865. He was confined once again at Point Lookout, Maryland, until he was released on June 20, 1865, after pledging the “Oath of Allegiance” to the United States of America.
Jasper Stoe Stroup, 1846-1922
Dane Stroup’s younger brother, Jasper, enlisted in the Junior Reserves at Gaston County on May 17, 1864, while only 18 years and 2 months old. He was a Private in Company D, 2nd Regiment, Junior Reserves of North Carolina and was described as 5’8” tall, with a dark complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. Jasper Stoe was enrolled at Camp Holmes, near Raleigh on the 27th of May and “present and accounted for” on the regiment muster for the period between September and October 1864.
Much of the movement and fighting for the Junior Reserves took place in Eastern North Carolina. Jasper Stoe Stroup survived the war and, by 1870, had moved west to Henry County, Tennessee [west of Nashville] with his brother Dane. Dane married and raised his family there — establishing the “Stroups of Middle Tennessee” clan. Dane Stroup died at age 84.
By 1880, Jasper had continued his trek westward into southwestern Kentucky, with his wife and seven children; establishing the “Stroups of Kentucky” in Cuba, Graves County. Jasper Stoe Stroup died there in 1922.