THOMAS J. HOSKINS, 24th Texas Cavalry





THOMAS J. HOSKINS


Karen McCann Hett  All Rights Reserved 2003-2014

Thomas J. Hoskins was born in about 1836 in Tennessee. He was the son of Hugh C. Hoskins and his wife, Sarah Cooper. He moved with his family to Ft. Bend, County, Texas, in about 1838 and appears with them on the 1850 census of Walker County.

Thomas J. was the brother of John C. Hoskins.

Before 1860, his parents moved to Danville in Montgomery County; but Thomas was living in the household of Nancy Hoskins in Brazoria County in 1860. Nancy was nee Nancy A. Spragins and was the widow of his uncle, Isaac Coleman Hoskins, and it appears that he may have been working on her plantation. In the household was Virginia, born 1840, the daughter of Isaac and Nancy. After the war, she was married to Thomas's brother John C. Hoskins.

Virginia had a daughter, Fannie Hoskins, born in 1862, who was probably the daughter of Thomas. Hoskins family researchers say that Virginia was married three times, and Thomas could very well have been her first husband.

Thomas returned to Montgomery County from Brazoria, and on April 28, 1862, he enlisted under Captain S. D. Wooldridge in Company B of the Second Texas Lancers, which was to become 24th Texas Cavalry. He was sworn in by John E. George in Danville. His age was given as twenty-six and his miles to rendezvous as fifty. No value was given for his horse and equipment.

Thomas mustered at Hempstead, then rode to Arkansas with the men of the 24th, where he was dismounted with the others.

He was assigned to Garland's Brigade and was ordered to Ft. Hindman at Arkansas Post to defend the fort and to build winter cabins.

He was counted as present in each muster through October, but there is a notation on his October muster that he died at Arkansas Post on October 29, 1862.

No cause of death is given, nor is a burial place specified. It is likely that he died of one of the camp diseases which felled many Arkansas Post soldiers in the fall of that year. Even though hundreds of men died at Arkansas Post, no cemetery or burial grounds has even been located.

You may read Ranger Eric Leonard's answers to questions about where the soldiers were buried, both those who died as a result of illness in the fall and winter, and those who were killed at the Battle of Arkansas Post.

Ranger Eric Leonard's Answers

Virginia Hoskins was living in Walker County, apparently with Thomas's parents, when his brother John came home after being discharged for disability. Virginia and John were married, and he died a few years later. Virginia went back to her mother in Brazoria County, where little Fannie died at age eight and was buried in Phair Cemetery.

After 1870, Virginia married Dr. Henry W. Caldwell. She died in 1905 and is also buried in Phair Cemetery.

Thank you to Hoskins descendant John Hoskins for confirming the parents of Thomas and for providing the identity of Thomas's aunt and uncle in Brazoria County.

Thank you to Findagrave contributor Anna Clark for allowing us to use her photos of the Phair Cemetery grave stones.

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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