Portrait of Manning Kimmel

Manning M. Kimmel was one of four West Point graduates to fight for the Union during the Civil War before switching sides. The others were Richard K. Meade, William T. Magruder, and Donald C. Stith. [Wikimedia Commons]

Manning Marius Kimmel - Facts

October 25, 1832 - February 27, 1916

Key facts about Manning M. Kimmel who was one of four West Point graduates to fight initially for the Union during the American Civil War before switching sides.

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Full Name:

  • Manning Marius Kimmel (AKA Marius Manning Kimmel)

Birth Date:

  • October 25, 1832
  • Birth Location:
  • Perry County, Missouri

Parents:

  • Joseph Singleton Husband Kimmel and Caroline Monica (Manning) Kimmel

Education:

  • United States Military Academy (1857)

Occupation:

  • Military officer
  • Civil engineer

Career Summary:

  • First Lieutenant (USA)
  • Major (CSA)

Spouse:

  • Sibbella Lambert (1868)

Place of Death:

  • Henderson, Kentucky

Date of Death:

  • February 27, 1916

Place of Burial:

  • Fernwood Cemetery, Henderson, Kentucky

Significance:

  • Manning M. Kimmel was second of two children of Joseph Singleton Husband Kimmel and Caroline Monica (Manning) Kimmel.
  • Manning M. Kimmel’s father was a successful merchant and a member of the St. Louis City Council between 1840 and 1850.
  • Manning M. Kimmel’s mother died during his birth.
  • Manning M. Kimmel attended Princeton University, where according to family legend he was dismissed during his junior year.
  • Manning M. Kimmel attended the United States Military Academy from July 1, 1853 to July 1, 1857.
  • Manning M. Kimmel graduated from the United States Military Academy on July 1, 1857, ranked twenty-second in his class of thirty-eight cadets.
  • Following his graduation from the United States Military Academy, Manning M. Kimmel was brevetted to second lieutenant and sent to cavalry school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
  • Manning M. Kimmel was promoted to the full rank of second lieutenant with the 2nd U.S. Cavalry on August 18, 1858.
  • Manning M. Kimmel campaigned against Comanche Indians and Mexican marauders on the frontier from 1858 to 1860.
  • Manning M. Kimmel was promoted to first lieutenant on April 1, 1861.
  • On July 21, 1861, Manning M. Kimmel participated in the First Battle of Bull Run as an officer with the 2nd U.S. Cavalry.
  • On August 14, 1861, Manning M. Kimmel resigned his commission in the U.S. Army and joined the Confederate army with the rank of major.
  • Manning M. Kimmel served as adjutant-general on Brigadier General Ben McCulloch staff until McCulloch was killed during the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas on March 7, 1862.
  • Manning M. Kimmel served as assistant adjutant-general on the staff of Major General Earl Van Dorn until a jealous husband killed Van Dorn on May 7, 1863.
  • Manning M. Kimmel served briefly as the Confederate adjutant-general of Missouri.
  • Manning M. Kimmel finished the war as acting assistant and inspector-general on the staff of Major General J. B. Magruder.
  • Manning M. Kimmel fled to Mexico City when the Civil War ended.
  • Manning M. Kimmel worked there as a civil engineer in Mexico before returning to Missouri in 1866.
  • On December 28, 1868, Manning M. Kimmel married Sibbella Lambert. Their marriage, which lasted forty-eight years, produced seven children.
  • Among Manning M. Kimmel’s children was Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
  • Manning M. Kimmel worked as a civil engineer for St. Bernard Mining Company at St. Charles, Kentucky from 1872 to 1884.
  • On February 27, 1916, Manning M. Kimmel died at his home after being stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of eighty-three.
  • Manning M. Kimmel was one of four West Point graduates to fight for the Union during the Civil War before switching sides. The others were Richard K. Meade, William T. Magruder, and Donald C. Stith.
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  • Article Title Manning Marius Kimmel - Facts
  • Coverage October 25, 1832 - February 27, 1916
  • Author
  • Keywords Manning Marius Kimmel
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 29, 2021
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