Addie Manship, center front, ca. 1865. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH collection.

Charles Henry Manship Jr., top left, David Manship, top right, Kate Manship front left, Addie Manship, center, ca. 1865. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH collection.

In 1857, Charles Henry Manship and his growing family moved into their new Gothic Revival style home on the outskirts of Jackson.  Within a few years, the Civil War began and Manship and the citizens of Jackson were soon involved in the conflict.  Active in civic roles, Manship served as mayor of Jackson for two terms, in 1862 and 1863.  It was Manship who had the responsibility of surrendering the city to General Sherman in 1863. Sons Charles Henry Jr. and David Daley Manship both enlisted and served in the Confederate forces.  Charles Henry Jr. served as a private in the 10th Mississippi Rifles, under Captain Robert A. Smith, and David served in Company K, Wood’s Regiment, Confederate Cavalry.  David was captured near Washington, Mississippi in 1864 and taken prisoner, and was also wounded although not seriously.

When the war began, the Manship family numbered eight children.  The last two children were born during the war; Vicksburg (Minnie), born June 8, 1862, and Florence Lee, born October 9, 1864.  Mrs. Adaline Manship and other concerned women of Jackson formed organizations to help with the war effort, furnishing soldiers in the field with clothing and other supplies.

Learn more about the Civil War Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. –2 p.m. at the Manship House Museum. Civil War Scenes. Experience life during the Civil War through lectures, demonstrations, and encampments on the Manship house grounds.