Description[Civil War]. Confederate Letter and Order Book of Shoup's Battalion of Artillery. Forty-four pages, 12.25" x 7.5". Spanning the years 1861 through 1862, the book contains orders and letters related to Shoup's Battalion Arkansas Artillery. The majority of the orders found within concern the regulation of camp life, from drilling, inspection, and posting guards to the washing of clothing and the caring of the sick near Pitman's Ferry, Arkansas. Of note is a letter to Major Shoup from Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner asking him to "...issue stringent orders to the troops of your brigade to prevent them from firing in the vicinity of Camp..." which is causing "...much annoyance and considerable danger..." He goes on to report that "...no less than five balls have been fired into one of our encampments from the direction appearantly [sic] of one of the Arkansas camps..."
Also, Special Order No. 169, dated October 22, 1861, from Confederate Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin prohibiting the ordering of "...officers noncommissioned officers and privates to distant parts of the country at the expense of the government for the purpose of...supplying vacancies in Volunteer Regiments and Companies in the service of the Confederate States..."
A note at the bottom of the first page asserts that the "...within pages were taken out of an old yellow back book of Requisitions for Ordnance & Ordnance Stores." The binding is loose, but still wholly intact. The pages exhibit some light staining and light to moderate toning scattered throughout. Some page edges have minor chipping.
Francis A. Shoup (1834-1896), a northerner by birth, graduate of West Point, and veteran of the Third Seminole War, moved to St. Augustine, Florida, in 1860, stating an admiration for the South and its people. With the eruption of the Civil War, Shoup joined the Confederate army and was commissioned a first lieutenant before being promoted to major and chief of artillery under General William J. Hardee. On September 12, 1862, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. Shoup saw action at the Battles of Shiloh, Prairie Grove, and Vicksburg. He was captured at Vicksburg and, after being paroled, headed to Georgia where he took part in the Battle of Atlanta.
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