MsC 161

  Manuscript Register 


Collection Dates: 1861 -- 1913
(Bulk Dates: 1851 -- 1866)
.5 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Acquisition Note: The core of this collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1959 by Asahel Mann's granddaughter, Mrs. Stewart S. Foster. In 1998 and 1999, Mr. Jerry Mann began adding transcriptions of letters to the existing collection.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 1

Electronic material: Box 1

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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The three Mann brothers of Fremont County, Iowa, were all soldiers in Company A of the 4th Iowa Volunteer Cavalry. Eldest brother, William, enlisted on October 2, 1861 at age 34. He was promoted to Veterinary Surgeon on February 10, 1864 and was mustered out on August 10, 1865 in Atlanta, Georgia.

John Mann, was 26 years old when he enlisted on August 29, 1862. He was killed in action during the siege of Vicksburg.

The youngest brother was Asahel Mann, born on December 4, 1842. He was eighteen when he joined the army on August 26, 1861. He was taken prisoner on October 11, 1862 in Jones Lane, Arkansas and was exchanged and returned to this company on December 1, 1862. He held the rank of First Lieutenant when he was mustered out on August 8, 1865.

Chloe Jane (Jennie) Scott was born on July 1, 1845. She taught school in Hamburg and Sidney, Iowa. She was a frequent correspondent with Asahel Mann, whom she married in 1866.

Other correspondents included some Mann relatives, such as their parents, sister Susan, and Granville Mann. Fellow soldier and friend William F. Scott also has letters in this collection.


 The Mann family papers consist of 0.5 linear foot of Civil War correspondence arranged chronologically. Most of the letters were written by Asahel Mann and Jennie Scott from Camp Harlan, Iowa; Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Helena, Arkansas; the vicinity of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and the homefront in and around Sidney, Iowa. The collection is made up of original letters, photocopies, and transcriptions. There is also a computer disk containing the transcriptions of more than 90 of the letters.


Biographical material.


1851 -- 1863. (Including original letters, photocopies, and transcriptions)

1864 -- 1866. (Including original letters, photocopies and transcriptions)

Undated transcriptions.

Photostatic copies, 1861 -- 1865. (Permalife copies filed with the correspondence)

Computer disk. (Contains transcriptions of letters). The contents of this floppy disc were transferred to CD ROM in February 2007. The format as it appears on the floppy disk is outdated and had to be changed. It was saved in rich text format, or .rtf in Word. There is a lot of code on the first couple of pages of each item. In addition, there are four items that we were unable to open. These are in an older version of Microsoft Office Publisher. The format could not be changed on these and the newer version of Publisher does not support the older version.

Military records, 1861 -- 1913. (Including photocopies of muster rolls, pension records, discharge papers, etc.)


Photograph of John Mann's grave, Vicksburg National Cemetery, Section F, Grave #1129.

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