AUTHORS: Mike Stroupe and Sid Stroupe
On October 28, 1861, Solomon Luther Stroup volunteered to serve in the Confederate Army in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina. He was 24 years old at the time and volunteered for 3 years of service. On May 19, 1862, Solomon was mustered in as a Private in Company D of the 39th Infantry (North Carolina). On May 30, 1862, Solomon was promoted to Corporal. About a year later, on May 15, 1863, he was promoted to Sergeant. In his military records, Solomon was noted as “absent” on July 30, 1863.
From September through October of 1863, Solomon was with the [General Samuel G.] French’s Division Hospital in Enterprise, Mississippi. On October 1, 1863, he was reduced in rank to “Private (Full, Vol)” for unknown reasons. While stationed near Jackson Mississippi in February of 1864, Solomon deserted the Confederate Army.
After the Civil War, Solomon migrated west and settled in Saline County, Arkansas, where he died in 1879. At the time of his death, his family included a wife and seven children: five daughters and two sons.