Frederick Shearer Stumbaugh

Frederick Shearer Stumbaugh was born near Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, on April 14, 1817. After receiving an education in the neighborhood schools, he studied law, was admitted to the bar on January 17, 1854, and commenced practice in Chambersburg. He was also much interested in the militia and at the outbreak of war in 1861 was commanding officer of the Franklin County forces, which he enlisted in the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry (a three-month regiment), becoming its colonel on April 20, 1861. Upon the muster out of this command (which had performed guard duty on the Potomac fords), Stumbaugh was appointed colonel of the 77th Pennsylvania as of October 26, 1861. His army service did not focus the particular attention of his superiors upon either him or his regiment. He was attached to D. C. Buell's Army of the Ohio at Shiloh on the second day of that encounter and in the advance upon Corinth; he participated in a number of minor engagements during Braxton Bragg's invasion of Kentucky and was in the detachment of Sill's division in the rear during the battle of Perryville. "Soon after that battle [his regiment] returned to Nashville, where it rested until the opening of the winter campaign." At this juncture Stumbaugh, who had not been in brigade command for two successive days in his career, was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers, ranking from November 29, 1862. He had, however, led his regiment for a number of months with industry, ability, and fidelity. Nevertheless, for a reason not defined in the records, his appointment was revoked, on January 22, 1863. At his own request General Stumbaugh was honorably discharged as colonel of the 77th Pennsylvania on May 15, 1863. He then returned to Chambersburg to practice law. Some years later he moved to Iowa, first locating in Rush County, but later moving to Topeka, where he died on February 25, 1897, and was buried in Topeka Cemetery.

Previous Page

Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.