Early Sterling Resident, JH Manning

From The Baltimore Sun, March 17, 1891:

JH Manning, a well-known citizen and soldier of the late Confederate army, died at his residence, near Sterling, Loudoun county, Friday, aged sixty-three.

Who was Captain Jacob Hite Manning, Confederate soldier? Follow this link to the Longstreet Society to find out about his time serving as signal officer under General Longstreet and John S. Mosby during the Civil War and his later life as a farmer on 165 acres near the Sterling community.

The Confederate War Journal Illustrated of April 1894, gives Longstreet’s account of the Battle of Fredericksburg (December 11-15, 1862), thanking Captain JH Manning of the Signal Corps. Excerpt from pages 183-186:

By 1863, Manning was taking part in the Gettysburg Campaign. From The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume XXVII, Part 2, Page 361:

On the evening of the same day, a light skirmish was brought on by an advance of a line of sharpshooters at the Saint James’ College. That night our bridge was completed, and, the day after, I received orders to recross the Potomac after night, and the caissons of the batteries were started back about 5 o’clock in the afternoon. The troops marched as soon as it was dark, my command leading. Having but a single road to travel upon, our trains soon came to a halt. I rode on to the bridge, to hasten the movements as much as possible, and sent my staff officers to different points along the line to keep everything in motion. Details were made to keep up fires to light the road at the worst points, and Captain [J. H.] Manning, with his signal torches, lighted us across the bridge.

The natural difficulties in making such movements were increased by the darkness of the night, a heavy rain storm, flooding the road with mud and water, and finally by one of our wagons, loaded with wounded, running off the bridge, breaking it down, and throwing our wounded headlong into the river.

John S. Mosby expounds on Manning’s background in Stuart’s Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign, published in 1908, during his later years at the Department of Justice. Interestingly, Mosby was kept abreast of the death of Manning some 17 years earlier. Excerpt from pages 109-111:

Manning is again mentioned in Gilbert Moxley Sorrel’s Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, published in 1905. Here is an excerpt from pages 244-245, describing the Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864:

The Loudoun Cemetery Database gives his tombstone information, located at the Union Cemetery in Leesburg, although with a slight change in middle initial, possibly due to deterioration:

MANNING , JACOB N
Born: 1828 (exact date unknown)      Died: Friday, March 13, 1891
Documented Age: 63 years
Calculated Age: About 63 years
Cemetery: UNION LEESBURG
Memo: CSA 17TH VA
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