published on February 9 1899, Sprott says Ed Vann died at Demopolis, AL a few weeks after the company was organized: J.P. Vann was accidentally killed at Mobile by John Praytor in 1864
published on February 8, 1900
"About the later part of November or first of December a very sad and unfortunate accident happened on the picket line...." - this article is long and I don't care to type it all but it goes into exactly what happened to "J. P. Vann- known as Tobe Vann- of Co. A"
You really need to get a copy of this book! Also be sure and link to Ken Jones's website under the heading at the top of this page. you can then find the info he has linked to the 40th AL including my ancestor's letters home (Co. K). email me at rrraye AT yahoo.com and I'll scan that page in the book on J.P Vann and send over to you.