Brig. General Francis A. Shoup (CSA)

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Francis Asbury Shoup

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Laurel, Franklin County, IN, USA
Death: September 4, 1896 (62)
Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee, United States
Place of Burial: Sewanee, Franklin County, TN, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of George Grove Shoup and Jane Shoup
Husband of Esther Habersham Shoup
Father of Francis Elliott Shoup; Charlotte Burnwell Shoup; Mary Cornwell Shoup and Stephen Elliott Shoup
Brother of Mariah Jane Shoup; Barbara Swearingen Jackson; James Conwell Shoup; Oscar Shoup; John H Shoup and 3 others

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About Brig. General Francis A. Shoup (CSA)

Francis Asbury Shoup (March 22, 1834 – September 4, 1896) was a lawyer from Indianapolis, Indiana, who decided to become a brigadier general for the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.


Shoup was born near Laurel, Indiana, the first of nine children. He attended Indiana Asbury University in Greencastle, Indiana, and then went to the United States Military Academy, graduating in 1855 fifteenth out of a class of thirty-four. After leaving West Point, he served in the United States Army as a member of the First United States Artillery and fought against the Seminoles in Florida. He decided to retire on January 10, 1860, to become a lawyer in Indianapolis.

Shoup was serving as a leader of an Indianapolis Zouave militia, but once the Civil War started, he moved to Florida to fight for the Confederacy, proclaiming he had "aristocratic inclinations and admiration for the South.". This shocked those in the Indianapolis militia, who had loved him as a friend, and even gave him a special set of revolvers with holsters and trappings, believing he would serve in the Union army, and that officers would always ride horses and thus would need such a set. All that was reported of the incident was that Shoup had resigned from the militia.

In 1860, he moved to St. Augustine, Florida, where the Governor commissioned him a Lieutenant. He was actually admitted to the bar in Florida, although whether he actually practiced law is obscure.

War life

At the Battle of Shiloh, he served as chief of artillery under William J. Hardee. In the summer of 1862 he started serving in Arkansas as Inspector General under Major General Thomas C. Hindman. On September 12, 1862, the First Confederate Congress made him a brigadier general, after which he commanded Hindman's Second Division. After the Battle of Prairie Grove, he went back across the Mississippi River.

After he was captured in the Battle of Vicksburg, he met some compatriots from his Indianapolis militia days, but they rejected him for fighting for the Confederacy. After he was paroled, he went to Georgia and fought in the Battle of Atlanta. He was the designer of the Shoupade design for fortifications along the Chattahoochee River, and advocated having blacks serving in the Confederate Army. During the war, he wrote texts on infantry and artillery drill. He also served as Chief of Staff for the commander of the Army of Tennessee, John Bell Hood.


After the war, Shoup became a professor at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. He spent time as a professor at the University of Mississippi. Shoup was also an Episcopal rector and wrote books about mathematics and metaphysics.

Upon his death on September 4, 1896, in Columbia, Tennessee, he was buried in the cemetery of University of the South.

In 2006 the Indiana Historical Bureau, Franklin County Historical Society, and the Indiana Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans placed a historical marker honoring Shoup at Conwell Cemetery in Laurel, Indiana. Shoup Park and historical marker is also located on the campus of the University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee)

•Military Service: Civil War Brigadier General CSA 1855 West Point

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Brig. General Francis A. Shoup (CSA)'s Timeline

March 22, 1834
Laurel, Franklin County, IN, USA
August 22, 1872
Age 38
Age 38
March 13, 1877
Age 42
January 14, 1885
Age 50
September 4, 1896
Age 62
Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee, United States
September 1896
Age 62
Sewanee, Franklin County, TN, USA