John Osborne and James W. Gerencser, eds., “Francis Smith Findlay,” Dickinson Chronicles, http://chronicles.dickinson.edu/encyclo/f/ed_findlayFS.htm.
During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate forces, gaining a commission as captain and raising a cavalry company locally in Washington County for the 4th Regiment of the Virginia Line in 1862. He commanded the company in the fighting around Prestonburg, Kentucky in December 1862 and was wounded there. Following the war, he returned to Abingdon to practice law, work as an architect, and serve as an agent for the railroad.
He had married Julia A. Gardner in October 1866 and the couple had two sons, Charles and Alexander, before Julia died in 1877. Findlay remarried in October 1880 to Bessie G. Paine of Richmond, Virginia. Frank Smith Findlay died at his home in Abingdon on September 5, 1905. He was seventy one years old.