JOHN C. HOSKINS, 24th Texas Cavakry



JOHN C. HOSKINS






Karen McCann Hett  All Rights Reserved 2003-2014

John C. Hoskins was born in about 1837 shortly after his family arrived in Ft. Bend County, Texas, from Alabama. He was the son of early Texas settlers Hugh Clayborn Hoskins and Sarah Cooper, and the brother of Thomas J. Hoskins. Hugh C. Hoskins received a 1280-acre land grant from the Republic of Texas.

The family was enumerated on the census of Walker County in 1850, and in 1860 was living in Danville, Montgomery County. In 1860, John was still living with his parents.

Hugh C. Hoskins and Sarah Cooper were married on July 10, 1832 in Lawrence County, Alabama. Hugh and Sarah have been confirmed by descendants to be the parents of John C. and Thomas J. Hoskins. Several of the soldiers who served under Captain S. D. Wooldridge were from Lawrence County, Alabama, as was the captain's wife.

The daughter of Hugh and Sarah Hoskins, Frances E. Hoskins, married Nathan Tabor, the son of Rev. Isaac Tabor and Susanna Bullock Tabor.

Answering the Texas Governor's Call to Arms, John Hoskins joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen, Texas State Troops, and was listed on the muster roll of February 14, 1862, as a private. The next month, he enlisted along with forty-five other Riflemen in the Second Texas Lancers at Danville under Captain S. D. Wooldridge, and was sworn in by John E. George.

John was mustered in at Camp Carter at Hempstead on April 28. He had to ride his horse fifty miles to rendezvous, and the horse was valued at $200.00 and his equipment at $30.00. He was trained in cavalry tactics with the other soldiers at Camp Carter.

He marched with his regiment to Arkansas, where the men were all dismounted. He was listed as present in the muster rolls through August of that year; but by September he was sick in the hospital. It is likely he was in the hospital at Camp White Sulphur Springs while his regiment was being trained as infantrymen at Camp Holmes near Pine Bluff. He became well enough to join his regiment after their move to Ft. Hindman, Arkansas Post. He fought in the Battle of Arkansas Post. His brother Thomas died in this battle, and John was captured on January 11th, 1863, by Union forces. His name appears on the roll of prisoners.

During the battle, John received a serious shell wound to his face, and he was admitted to City U. S. A. General Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 22nd. He was placed in Ward Four. Several other men from Company B were also admitted to the hospital, several dying there from wounds or disease.


Gratiot Street Prison, St. Louis

From the hospital, John was sent to Gratiot Street Military Prison.

His name is on the roll of prisoners received May 7th. On June 2nd, 1863, John signed his mark on the roll of prisoners. He is on an undated roll as being discharged from there. Note that he was one of the lucky few who did not die at Gratiot prison.

John was on the roster for being exchanged in April of 1863, but is listed on the muster rolls of July and August with the notation that he was “Absent, Sick in Hospital.” On the muster roll of October, 1863, a notation shows that he was discharged from the service on the twelfth of October.

In John's files is a CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE. It reads in part:

Private John C. Hoskins of Capt. Wooldridge's Company of the 24th Texas Cavalry Regiment of Confederate States was enlisted by John E. George in the state of Texas Regiment of Cavalry at Danville Montgomery Co. Texas on the 28 of March 1862 to serve Three years; he was born in Fort Bend County in the state of Texas, his age is Twenty-four, 24, years of age, Five feet five inches high, Fair complexion, Blue eyes, Dark hair, and by occupation when enlisted, a Farmer. During the last two months, said soldier has been unfit for Sixty Days.

There is a notation that he was incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of shell wound carrying away Left Eye...Following this are signatures of physicians and commanding officers, and a notation: To be Discharged by Command of Gen'l Bragg. Kinlock Falconer, AAG

Following are images of the discharge certificates. You may click on them to see an enlarged version. Below that is a picture of Kinlock Falconer stirring a frying pan. He was from Mississippi, and became Assistant Adjutant General to General Bragg in the Army of Tennessee.

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Kinlock Falconer stirring pan; he signed John's Discharge Certificate as Assistant Adjutant General of the Army of Tennessee

John made it back to Texas after he was discharged. On April 24, 1864, he was married to Virginia A. Hoskins in Walker County by W. F. Sandel, J. P. She was his first cousin, the daughter of Isaac Coleman Hoskins and Nancy A. Spragins and the granddaughter of William Hoskins, Jr. and Dorothy Coleman, and was the Virginia Hoskins in the household of Nancy (Spragins) Hoskins in Brazoria County in the 1860 and 1870 censuses of that county.

It is curious that Virginia was living in Montgomery County with her aunt and uncle and not in Brazoria with her mother. This seems to support the supposition that she was married to her cousin Thomas before he went off to war. Virginia had a daughter, Fannie (Frances) Hoskins, born in 1862 who probably was the daughter of Thomas. Hoskins researcher John Hoskins tells us that Virginia was reported to have married three times, so it is likely the Thomas was her first husband and John her second.

Soon after John and Virginia were married, the couple moved to Burleson County where John's sister Frances Hoskins Tabor was living with her family. J. C. Hoskins rendered his taxable possessions in Burleson County and is on the 1867 tax list. He owned no real estate, but he had seven horses worth $350, 43 sheep worth $54, and a hundred dollars worth of taxable miscellaneous property.

The couple had one son, Charles, born in 1868.

John Hoskins' name does not appear on the Burleson County tax list of 1868.

John C. Hoskins died at age thirty years, seven months, and twenty-eight days, and was buried in Thomson Cemetery north of Chriesman in Burleson County off County Road 328 on private property. Since we do not know John's birthdate, we cannot compute his exact death date. However, the best guess would be that he died in the spring or summer, 1868, about four years after his marriage to his cousin Virginia.

John's parents, Hugh and Sarah Hoskins, were living in the town of Caldwell, Burleson County, in 1870. Their grandson, Isaac Hugh Tabor, was living in the home.

Hugh Hoskins died on December 13, 1878, and is buried next to his son John.

Their graves are marked with a single stone which is inscribed only with their ages.

Headstone for John C. Hoskins and his father Hugh Hoskins at
Thomson Cemetery, Burleson County, Texas
Thanks to BlueFlower for taking this photo for findagrave
and for granting permission for it to be used on this page.

Virginia Hoskins, living in Brazoria County in 1870, was age 29, with children Fannie and Charles. She was living with her mother, sixty-five year old Ann Hoskins, who was born in Virginia. Virginia Hoskins was John C.'s widow.

Little Fannie Hoskins died soon afterwards, at age eight, and was buried in Phair Cemetery in Brazoria County. Her brother, Charles, also died at age eight, in about 1876, and was buried in Phair Cemetery.

Thanks to Anna Clark for allowing us to use her Findagrave Phair Cemetery headstone photos.

By 1880, Virginia Amanda Hoskins was married to Dr. Henry Caldwell, M. D., and was still living in Brazoria County. Virginia was enumerated with Dr. Caldwell and children on the census of that year. She was a widow in 1900 with two teenage girls. She died in 1905, according to her headstone in Pfair Cemetery in Brazoria County, though family records show 1903.

Sources for the above include the Compiled Service Records, county and census records. Thanks to Carolyn Terrell for information on the burial place of John C. Hoskins. Thanks to descendant John Hoskins for sharing his Hoskins family history research.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.

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