Contributed by: Ray Longacre
My great grand uncle Rev F.V Hoskins was a Chaplain for the Independent Greys and was 'captured' and held prisoner with the regiment in NY harbor. He gained his release Oct 1861. His miltary records include a letter from a clerk of the Pasquotank County court asking for his release at his wife's request. He lived in Elizabeth City and was originally from Philadelphia, PA. He returned there after the war and died in 1892. The regiment he was with was the 7th NC Volunteers. The Independent Greys were a part of the formation of the 7th. He was at the 'Battle of Hatteras Inlet' when he was captured in the battle for Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark, August 28-29, 1861. In reality he was surrendered, with 700 other men, to the Union by Commodore Barron and Colonel Martin. He was imprisoned on Governor's Island in NY City harbor. His release was in Oct 1861 but he never returned home until early 1862 with the rest of his regiment. By this time they were known as the 17th regiment NC State Troops.
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