November 7, 1831 – August 24, 1913
Glenwood Cemetery Crockett Texas
According to enlistment papers,
Francis Marion Sharp
was born in Merewether, Georgia on November 7, 1831.
His height was given as 5 feet 8 1/2 inches, eyes –
hazel, and hair – red. His hair remained red until
He volunteered for the Confederacy in
Natchitoches, Louisiana on May 7, 1862 for three
years or the war. He served in Company C, 11
Battalion, Louisiana Infantry where he rose to the
rank of Sergeant. His first assignment as a private
was in Shelby’s Battalion Louisiana Volunteers. In
May 1865, Francis Marion
and his brother, William
Baxter were taken as POWs to New Orleans
where they remained until June 10, 1865…two months
after General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. They
were furloughed to Natchitoches. (Laura
Sharp Higginbotham thought Francis Sharp
fought at the second battle of Bull Run – Manassas.)
He and his brother, William
Baxter, both suffered digestive problems the
remainder of their lives which started during their
years in the CSA army. William
Baxter was also captured at the battle of
Vicksburg where he was freed in a prisoner exchange.
He swore not to again take up arms against the
On November 12, 1901,
Francis Marion applied for a disability
pension because of poor health and poor vision which
After his death on August 24, 1913, his widow
Martha Davis Porter Sharp
received this pension until her death on April 11,
1931. She was a widow with a son, Walker Porter,
when they married March 16 1865 in Natchitoches
Parish, Louisiana. All of their children were born
in Latexo, TX.
After the death of Francis
lived with the Robert C.
Stokes family, until her death.
They are buried in Glenwood Cemetery – North,
Crockett, Texas with two of their sons,
Walter Lee and
Laura is buried in the
same cemetery with the Stokes family.