b. 17/12/1824 Washington DC. d. 08/05/1899 Cincinnati, Ohio.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 22/07/1864 Atlanta, Georgia.
Manning F. Force was born in Washington, D.C., where his father, Peter Force, was the mayor. He attended Harvard College until 1845, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1848. The following year, Force moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and began his law practice.
With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Force joined the Union forces as major of the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving in the Western Theater as part of General James B. McPherson’s 17th Corps.
Colonel Force's 20th Ohio bore the brunt of the Battle of Raymond, Mississippi, in the Vicksburg Campaign. Following the Siege of Vicksburg, Force marched on to northern Georgia, where he fought in the Atlanta Campaign. He was severely wounded in the face during the Battle of Atlanta and was disfigured for life. For his valor during the Atlanta Campaign, Force was promoted to major general of volunteers in March 1865. In 1892, he received the Medal of Honor.
After the war, Force returned to Cincinnati, where he became a justice of the Superior Court of Cincinnati. He also authored several law books and became a prominent writer as well as a lecturer.
Charged upon the enemy's works, and after their capture defended his position against assaults of the enemy until he was severely wounded.
BURIAL LOCATION: SPRING GROVE CEMETERY, CINCINNATI, OHIO.
Section 46, Lot 99