Thursday, September 20, 2012
Margaman Manning's Rifle
I have written about Margaman Manning before on August 2, 2008. He was the son of Thomas Manning and Jane Stewart Manning and the younger brother of my great great grandfather, Dr. Thomas Jefferson Manning. Margaman was born in January 29, 1840 in Walker County Georgia and lived most of his life there. He married Harriet Evelyn Thornton and they lived in Dalton in Whitfield County Georgia. During the Civil War he fought with the 39th GA Volunteer Infantry. He was a Fifth Sergeant and was promoted to Second Sergeant around February or March 1864.
The rifle pictured above is an 1854 Harpers Ferry rifled musket. According to a December 29, 2010 article in The Daily Citizen , the Dalton GA newspaper, it turned up at the 8th Annual Chickamauga Southern Civil Show and Sale in Dalton in 2003. It was bought and donated to the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. It is currently on display at the Hamilton House in Dalton. If you look very closely at the lower picture, you can see the name Manning engraved on the metal. The article states that the rifle was likely issued to him in Vicksburg, MS on February 28, 1863.
Margaman was wounded and captured during the war and was sent to Camp Douglas in Illinois where he died on March 21, 1865. You can read the article at the following link: