Wallace W Mannington

BirthSept. 1, 1838
DeathDec. 31, 1921
CemeteryFriends (Genoa)
PostBaker (Columbus)
Unit71st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I

Private Wallace W Mannington

Company I, 71st Pennsylvania Infantry

Mannington was born in Hulmeville, Pennsylvania on September 1, 1838. He was residing in Philadelphia when he enlisted and was mustered into the regiment on June 6, 1861. He served his 3 year enlistment and was mustered out on July 2, 1864 at Philadelphia.

The 71st Pennsylvania Infantry was organized in Philadelphia in 1861. During Mannington’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them were:

Battle of Ball’s Bluff (VA) (October 21, 1861).

Battle of Antietam (VA) (September 17, 1862).

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1863).

Chancellorsville Campaign (VA) (April 27-May 6, 1863).

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864).

Three battles were very costly to the regiment.

Battle of Ball’s Bluff. The unit lost 26 soldiers, 9 were wounded, and 9 were captured on October 21, 1862.

Battle of Antietam. The regiment lost 30 soldiers and 18 were wounded on September 17, 1862.

Battle of Gettysburg. The regiment lost 18 soldiers, 12 were wounded, and 8 were captured.

For the entire Civil War, the regiment lost 14 officers and 147 enlisted men in combat. One officer and 98 enlisted men were lost to disease. The entire loss was 260 men.

Mannington died on December 31, 1921 at the age of 82 years. He is buried in the Friends Cemetery in Monroe (Platte County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Baker Post (#9) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Columbus, Nebraska.

The “Find-a-Grave” website includes an obituary for Mannington. It appeared in the Columbus Telegram on January 6, 1922. Excerpts from the obituary include:

He married Amanda Snyder on March 19, 1865.

In the spring of 1871, the couple moved to Columbus. He worked as a carpenter.

He worked for the federal government on the nearby Pawnee Reservation. When the tribe was relocated to the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) he served as an escort.

After 3 years, the family returned to Nebraska. Their home was a sod house.

He was treasurer of the school district for 30 years.

He was a trustee in the Presbyterian Church.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.