Francis Asbury Shoup

Brigadier General

Monument: Find-a-Grave

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Francis Asbury Shoup, a native of Indiana, was born at Laurel, Franklin County, March 22, 1834.  He was educated at Asbury College (now De Pauw University) and at West Point, from which he was graduated in 1855. Shoup resigned from the army in 1860 to study law and to be admitted to the Indianapolis bar. The following year he went to Florida and gained admission to the St. Augustine bar. There appears to have been no reason for his adherence to the newly-formed Confederacy other than admiration for the Southern people he had known in the old army. At any rate, he soon volunteered and was appointed lieutenant of artillery, and in October 1861 was promoted major. He fought at Shiloh, as chief of artillery to General Hardee; and was assistant adjutant general to General Hindman at Prairie Grove. Commissioned brigadier general to rank from September 12, 1862, Shoup commanded a Louisiana brigade at Vicksburg, where he was captured. After his exchange he served as chief of artillery to General Joseph E. Johnston in the Atlanta campaign. When Johnston was superseded by Hood, Shoup became Hood's chief of staff. He was elected to the chair of mathematics at the University of Mississippi at the close of the war. In 1868 he took Episcopal orders and assumed also the duties of rector of St. Peter's Parish in Oxford. The following year he went to Sewanee as professor of mathematics and chaplain. Leaving in 1875, he served as rector of several churches, north and south. He returned to Sewanee in 1883, where as professor of mathematics, physics, and engineering, he remained until his death, September 4, 1896, at Columbia, Tennessee. He is buried at Sewanee.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.