Francis Asbury Shoup Civil War letter
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Francis Asbury Shoup Civil War letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Shoup, Francis Asbury, 1834-1896
Title: Francis Asbury Shoup Civil War letter
Dates: 1864 August 26
Quantity: 1.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS308f

Biographical/Historical Note

Francis Asbury Shoup (1834-1896) was born in Indiana. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1855 and fought against the Seminole Indians in Florida as a member of the First United States Artillery. He left military service in 1860 to become a lawyer in Indianapolis, Indiana. Shoup moved to Florida, where he was admitted to the St. Augustine Bar in 1861. After Florida's secession from the Union, he joined the Confederate Army as a lieutenant of artillery. He was promoted to major in October 1861, and in September 1862, he was appointed brigadier general. He served as chief of artillery under General Joseph E. Johnston and as chief of staff under General John B. Hood. In 1869, Shoup became an Episcopal priest and then a chaplain and professor of mathematics at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He is buried in Sewanee.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a letter from Shoup to Lieutenant Colonel McMicken, the chief quartermaster of the Army of Tennessee. Shoup suggests that supplies should be moved by "the West Point Road below East Point" if the enemy fails to extend the right flank.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Existence and Location of Copies

A transcription of the letter is included in this collection.

Preferred Citation

Francis Asbury Shoup Civil War letter, MSS 308f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

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1Letter, 1864 August 26 View online.