AUTHOR:  Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe

At the age of 31, on July 4, 1862, Philip R. Stroup enlisted in the Confederate Army at Lincolnton, Lincoln County. He was a Private in Company G of the 57th Infantry Regiment (North Carolina). Shortly after his enlistment, on November 9, 1862, Philip contracted typhoid fever and was sent to the Confederate hospital, located in Richmond, Virginia. Philip died four days after he arrived at the hospital. An “M.J. Stroup” identified Philip’s body and personal effects. Philip was buried in the Philip Stroup Cemetery, which is located on Ballard Road, in Gaston County.

Philip and Nancy Jane’s only child, Frances Ann Stroup, was born six months prior to her father’s death. After Nancy Jane remarried a year or so after Philip died, Frances moved in with her uncle, Israel Rufus Stroup, and his family and remained with them until she married Thomas Garrison in 1883. Israel Rufus Stroup also served the Confederate Army and fought during the war. In May of 1906, Philip’s widow, Nancy Jane McClure Stroup Huggins, was approved for Civil War NC Widows Pension.

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