Vannoy Hartrog Manning"Van"
(1839 - 1892)
Home State: Arkansas
Command Billet: Commanding Brigade
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Manning's Brigade
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Born in NC, he moved with his parents to Mississippi in 1841; attended Horn Lake Male Academy, De Soto County, Miss., and the University of Nashville, Tennessee; moved to Arkansas in 1860; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1860.
He studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Hamburg, Ark.
At the outset of the War he helped organize and served as a Major and subsequently as Colonel (March 1862) of the Third Arkansas Infantry.
In the Antietam Campaign:
In command of Walker's Brigade, Walker's Division in Longstreet's Wing. He was severely wounded while leading the Brigade in action near the West Woods on the morning of the 17th, and was replaced in command by Col E B Hall, 46th NC.
Gen Walker characterized Manning's actions as follows (in his official report):
"Colonel Manning, with the Forty-sixth and Forty-eighth North Carolina and Thirtieth Virginia, not content with the possession of the woods, dashed forward in gallant style, crossed the open fields beyond, driving the enemy before him like sheep, until, arriving at a long line of strong post and rail fences, behind which heavy masses of the enemy's infantry were lying, their advance was checked; and it being impossible to climb over these fences under such fire, these regiments, after suffering a heavy loss, were compelled to fall back to the woods ..."
The remainder of the War:
Col Manning returned to his Regiment, the 3rd Arkansas now assigned to Hood's Texas Brigade, and led it throught the campaigns of the ANV until The Wilderness in May 1864. There Col Manning was shot through the thigh and captured, remaining a prisoner til July 1865.
After the War:
U.S. Representative from Mississippi 2nd District, 1877-83
References, Sources, and other notes:
Source: US Congressional Biography.
More on the Web:
See a nice site about the 3rd Arkansas Infantry, and another bio at the Texas Brigade site.
|Birth Date: 7/26/1839 Place of Birth: near Raleigh, NC |
College: University of Nashville, TN
Death Date: 11/2/1892 Death Place: Branchville, PG Cnty, MD Burial Place: Glenwood Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
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