New Jersey Obituaries - September 14, 1898 - Harry Hopping

Harry Hopping's Death

He Was A Member Of The Regular Army

His death Due to Poor Food and Barbarous Camp Conditions - The Red Bank Cavalry Troop to Have Charge of the funeral

Harry Hopping, son of Mrs. Eleanor Hopping of Monmouth street, Red Bank, a soldier in the regular army in the war with Spain, died at his mother's home at midnight on Saturday. Death was caused by typhoid fever, which was bought on by the poor food, unsufficient (sic) shelter and bad camp arrangements at Tampa, Florida, where he was stationed. He was nineteen years old, and was a member of the sixth United States cavalry. He acted as a nurse for the sick on the trip from Tampa to Montauk Point.

Mr. Hopping was a member of the Red Bank cavalry troop, and when that troop was not called out for service in the war with Spain, he joined the regular army. He was sent to Florida, where he was stationed at Tampa. The same neglect of the soldiers was manifested there as was shown in so many of the other camps of the American soldiers. About a month ago Mr. Hopping came home on a short furlough. He was very weak and emaciated. He was hollowed eyed, and had lost almost all his flesh. His skin was drawn tightly over the bones of his face, and he was hardly recognizable. His condition brought forth much commiseration from his friends, and there was much harsh criticism of the government for premitting (sic) camp conditions which would result so disastrously to the soldiers of the country.

When Mr. Hopping arrived at home he spent a few days with his mother on Monmouth street. Then he went to Chapel Hill on a visit to his aunt, Mrs. George Hopping. While there he was taken sick, and while he was sick his furlough expired. A physician's certificate was sent to the camp, stating that Mr. Hopping was unable on account of sickness to return to the army at the expiration of his furlough. He was brought to his mother's home in Red Bank, suffering from typhoid fever. He sank steadily and died at midnight on Saturday night.

Mr. Hopping came from a race noted for its patriotism and its valor. His relatives fought in the civil war, and his great-grandfather, James P. Hopping, was a major in the war of 1812. His great-great-grandfather, John Stilwell Applegate, served in the Revolutionary war.

The Red Bank cavalry troop will have charge of the funeral, which will be conducted with military honors. The funeral will be held to-morrow afternoon at two o'clock at the Red Bank Baptist church.

Per the Death Notice:Friends and relatives are invited to attend the funeral, at the Red Bank Baptist church, on Thursday, September 15th, at 2:00 o'clock P. M.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, September 14, 1898