PA Civil War Era Newspaper Transcription
Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Miner's Journal - April 1, 1865
Death of A Soldier:
John C. Hoskins was born in Minersville, this county, September 27, 1839, and died in this borough, March 27, 1865 aged 25 years and 6 months. His funeral was one of the largest and most impressive ever witnessed in Minersville. The military, Odd Fellows, firemen and a large number of citizens attended. Mr. Hoskins entered the service of the United States at the commencement of the Rebellion, in the 15th Regiment, in April, for three months.
He was taken prisoner on the 2nd of July 1861, near Haynesville Va. and was sent through Martinsburg, to Charlotsville, where he remained a few days, and was then transferred to Libby Prison, Richmond. From there he was taken to New Orleans, and subsequently to Salisbury, North Carolina. While at the later place he was paroled and entered our lines at New Bern, N.C. in 1862, having been a prisoner for eleven months.
At the time the nine months troops were being raised, he reenlisted in the service notwithstanding his exchange had not been effected. He entered the 129th Regiment, Col. J. Frick and was wounded at the Battle of Fredricksburg. After the battle he was promoted to 1st Sgt. of his Company.
He was a good soldier, and an admirable man in all relations of life.