Located on Fortification St. in Jackson, Mississippi, very near Baptist Hospital where I was born, is the locally well known Manship house, now a State Landmark and museum. It is one of the few structures in the city that survived the War and its history is worth recounting here. Current view of the house restored to its 1880s appearance. circa 1888 From the Mississippi Dept. Archives and History: "Charles Henry Manship, Civil War mayor of Jackson, was born in Maryland, where he apprenticed to a chairmaker and trained as an ornamental painter. Attracted to Jackson in the 1830s by its building boom, he advertised his services as a painter and found work on the construction of the State House, now known as the Old Capitol. Soon he opened a shop of his own, where he sold paints and fine wallpaper. Charles Manship started as a city clerk, then postmaster, and he sat on the board of local charitable organizations. As mayor, Manship surrendered the town of Jackson to General William Sherman on July 16, 1863. His house served briefly as the headquarters of Confederate General John S. Adams. A small cottage constructed by Manship’s grandson in 1923 has been restored for use as the Visitor’s Center. During Manship’s long career as an ornamental painter, he also held several public offices; in 1857, at the age of 45, he built his Gothic Revival “cottage villa,” a home in striking contrast to the Greek Revival mansions for which the South was famed. The unpretentious but commodious house was built to accommodate Charles and Adaline Daley Manship’s large family of 15 children. Ten of those children lived to celebrate their parents’ golden wedding anniversary at the Manship House in 1888. (shown on the porch in the 1888 photo). The Manship House was built on a four-acre lot in a sparsely settled area of Jackson when it was a city of about 3,000. Although the city has grown up around the house, it stands in its original setting of native trees and shrubs, some of which may have been planted by Manship himself." _________________________ When the war came to the City of Jackson, Charles Manship was the Mayor, and the Confederate defense works on the north side of town ran across his property (hence the name of Fortification Street, a very well known street when I was living there). 1863 map of the defenses at Jackson, I have circled what I think is the Manship house in yellow, the north-south road is labeled "Canton Road", this is now the location of North State Street. More to follow . . .