AUTHOR: Michael Stroupe
In July 1860, David Stroup was 18 years old and was a “farm laborer” who was living with the Henry McClure family in the Spring Hill Forge Post Office District of Lincoln County, NC. He had been born in Lincoln County, but after David’s father had died, his mother and several of his siblings had moved to Cowan County, Missouri the previous year. David had stayed behind.
On June 17, 1861, David, only 19, enlisted at Charlotte in Mecklenburg County, NC.
He was private, mustered in Company D, 7th Infantry Regiment, North Carolina from Camp Mason in Alamance County on August 20, 1861. David was paid a bounty in the amount of $15.00. He was “present” for all muster rolls through late summer 1862; however, on August 14, 1862, David was admitted to Lovingston Hospital in Winchester, Virginia due to “chronic diarrhea.” He returned to duty on September 1st. Two weeks later, on September 17, 1862, David Stroup was killed in the Battle at Antietam in Maryland.