AUTHORS: Sid Stroupe and Mike Stroupe
On May 8, 1863, Hosea Holcombe Stroup, the thirty-five-year-old son of Moses Stroup (1796-1877) and husband of Nancy Crutchfield Stroup, was conscripted into service in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He served the as a Private in Company H, 52nd Infantry Regiment, North Carolina, C.S.A.
He deserted his Company shortly thereafter but returned to duty on October 19, 1863.
In March and April 1864 Hosea Stroup was sick and in the military hospital. In May and June, he was sent home on sick furlough.
On October 27, 1864, Hosea was captured by Union forces “near Petersburg” Virginia. During the later months of 1864, he was recorded as a “prisoner of war” at Point Lookout, Maryland.
While in prison, Hosea Stroup died from typhoid fever on December 5, 1864. He was buried in Grave #670 in the “war grave yard” at Point Lookout, Maryland.
At Hosea’s untimely death he left his wife, Nancy, and six small children (all under the age of 11) at their home among the Stroups in the Alexis/Ironton area of Gaston County. Two of Hosea and Nancy’s sons ultimately moved to Mecklenburg County, establishing a large contingent of Stroups in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.