Donna Jackson is encouraging all Manila area veterans and/or family members of veterans to submit names and information to be included in a book honoring veterans. Forms are available at Delta Drug in Manila, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackson, a local historian, has published other books dealing with the history of the community. She has always enjoyed studying military history and decided she wanted to do a book in honor of the local veterans who have served through the years.
This is not a project for profit. It is something she wanted to do for the veterans and to preserve the history of the men and women who served their country.
The book will feature Veterans from 1865 to 1975 -- the Civil War through the Vietnam War.
The book will have several veterans featured from each war. Herman Davis and John Russell are among the World War I Veterans.
"We have several Civil War veterans buried at the Manila Cemetery," Jackson said. "Only a few have monuments from the Civil War. Families of the Union soldiers could apply for a tombstone and have one provided. The Union had a contract with a company for headstones to be provided for the Union veterans."
Jackson said one of the Union soldiers she found to be buried in Manila is Jacob S. Needham.
She has discovered several Confederate veterans also buried in Manila, including Ike Daugherty, Manila's first mayor, and Horatio Cannon, a relative of former Manila resident Wanda Vermillan Porter, and Charles Franklin Dry, a relative of Wanda's husband, Col. Paul Porter, retired Air Force. Dry lost his leg in the Civil War. In her research, Jackson discovered Ike Daugherty's brother, Wallace Daugherty, died in the Civil War. He is not buried in Manila but had lived there during the 1860 Census.
Another Civil War veteran to be featured in the book will be Rufus Riley Bishop.
In searching for the Civil War veterans and World War I veterans buried in Manila, Jackson went to the markers in the cemetery taking notes of those born around 1840 for the Civil War research and 1882-to-1900 for World War I research.
Jackson said she had help from two local veterans, Skip Evans and J.C. Green, in gathering the information and she appreciated their help.
Names of some veterans are all she could find but she plans to list those, too.
She is looking for information on S/Sgt. Orval Hugh Brewer. Jackson said Brewer is a brother to the late Artis Brewer and Dr. D. Brewer. All three of the Brewer brothers were World War II Veterans. She is also looking for information on Lt. James Nay Hunt. She found his name in a Methodist women's cookbook on a memorial page. The book was printed in 1944. Lt. Hunt was flying a Liberator over the English Channel when his plane went down.
Jackson said anyone interested in information about a family member's military service can go to the clerk's office at the court house and request their discharge information.
"It has to be a family member making the request," Jackson said. "The family member must have proof of identification to get the information. Discharge papers will show when the veteran entered the service, discharge times, rank, where they served, and any medals they received."
Jackson is hoping the book will be in print and be available in the summer of 2013. Gathering the information has been quite a journey for Jackson but she has enjoyed the trip. It is too soon to tell because she is taking one book at a time, but there could be a Volume 2 in the future.