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J.W. Hilldrup
J.W. Hilldrup

Confederate (CSV)


John Wesley Hilldrup

(1840 - 1895)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 30th Virginia Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
A devout man, he was licensed by the Methodist Church at age 17 (1857) as an exhorter, and, in 1861, to preach. He enlisted as Private in Company K, 30th Virginia Infantry on 22 May 1861. He was sick at home August 1861 through March 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action and captured at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. His wound was presumed mortal, but he recovered.

The remainder of the War:
He was paroled home by the end of September to await exchange, and returned to his Company on 1 December 1862. He was detached for duty January - June 1864 in the CS Medical Department, but back with his unit by September 1864. He surrendered on 9 April 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA.

After the War:
He returned to preaching and was assigned circuits around Virginia. He died while engaged in that work in Scottsville two days before his 55th birthday.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Burial and basic information from service records posted on his gravesite on Findagrave. The photograph here from descendant Cindy Abbott, posted by John Banks to accompany an excellent blog post on Hilldrup. Biographical details from J.J. Lafferty's Sketches and Portraits of the Virginia Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1890), also referenced by Mr Banks.

Birth Date: 06/30/1840    Place of Birth: Port Royal, VA    
Death Date: 06/28/1895    Death Place: Scottsville, VA    Burial Place: Scottsville Cemetery, Scottsville, VA

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