John Preston Mann Family papers, 1831-1942 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Civil War and other family correspondence and papers of John Preston Mann and Nancy Clendenin Mann of Liberty (now Rockwood), Illinois. John Mann, 5th Illinois Cavalry, kept personal war journals that he later transcribed into ledger books. Mildred B. Midjaas, granddaughter, transcribed most of the correspondence and Mann's diaries. Mann also kept pre-Civil War journals, 1848-1854. Mann wrote frequent letters to the editor on topics ranging from smokehouses to women's rights.
The collection includes Civil War documents, tax receipts of the Bilderbacks, and a petition signed by citizens of Rockwood, Illinois, to abate and suppress the saloon. Free-standing volumes include a scrapbook containing room by room photographs of the Mann's house in Rockwood, account books, records from the Presbyterian Church, and a school record book from District No. 1.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1831-1930
Series 2: Transcribed Correspondence, 1833-1942
Series 3: Commentaries by J.P. Mann, 1848-1866
Series 4: Consolidated Provision Returns, 1863-1928
Series 5: Receipts, Diaries and Transcriptions, 1841-1928
Volume 9: Scrapbook (Oversized)
Volume 13: Cook, Col. Philip St. Geo. Cavalry Tactics
Volume 14: The Soldier's Hymn Book
Volume 18: Moore, William E. (comp.).
Volume 20: Blake, Rev. J.L.
Volume 21: Bullions, Rev. Peter.
Volume 22: Carleton, Will.
Volume 23: Ridpath, John Clark.