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Confederate (CSV)


Francis Alexander Shuford


(1841 - 1931)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was an 18 year old farmer with his parents at Liberty Hill in Iredell County, NC. He enlisted as 3rd Corporal of Company C, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 26 February 1862 at Statesville, but was reduced to Private, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was captured at Frederick, MD on 12 September (or in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September) 1862.

The rest of the War

He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware by about 22 September, paroled and sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange on 2 October, and declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and returned to duty on 1 September, only to be wounded again, at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 10 May 1864. He was retired to the Invalid Corps on 8 December 1864 and was paroled at Salisbury, NC on 26 May 1865.

After the War

He was living in Statesville, NC at the time of his step-daughter Georgia's wedding in 1884, but by 1900 and to at least 1910 he was a shoemaker in Asheville, NC. He had retired there by 1920.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3, and the Roster,2 both as F.A. Shuford. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, and 1900-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married his brother George's widow Laura Jones Harbin (1840-1928) in June 1869 and they had 5 children, 3 of whom survived childhood. She had 3 children during her marriage with George.

George Shuford (1830-1862) enlisted as a Private in Company A of the 4th North Carolina in May 1861, was promoted Corporal in July, and afterward was attached as a musician to the regimental band. He died of typhus or apoplexy (or both) in a Richmond, VA hospital on 7 July 1862.


07/26/1841; Statesville, NC


02/17/1931; Asheville, NC; burial in Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, NC


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27522]

2   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 27523]