Addie Manship, center front, ca. 1865. Call number Z/1129.000 MDAH collection.

Sometimes referred to as “Laddie,” Adaline (Addie) Manship was the oldest surviving daughter.  Born February 15, 1849, Addie played the piano, sang in the choir, and played a reed organ at Galloway Methodist Church.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, Addie was 12 years old with five younger siblings and two older brothers who were away at war.  Years later, Addie recounted the family’s experience during the Civil War.  She recalled that Confederate trenches ran along the north side of the house, and toward the northwest there was a three gun battery concealed in cotton bales.  General Loring’s troops occupied the trenches about the city to the south.  They knew Sherman was coming, and fled to the swamp to safety.  After the seige, the family returned home and found Union soldiers attempting to set fire to the house since it had been Confederate headquarters for General John Adams.  Mrs. Manship defied them, and the soldiers finally gave up.  The 1900 census lists Addie as 49 years old, occupation dress maker.  Addie and her sister Kate never married, and lived in the Manship House throughout their lives.