Parker, Ely – Civil War


This Ely Parker mug is part of our collection of Civil War biographical mugs.  An image of Ely Parker and a short biography are features of this history mug.

Small Mug, 11 oz.

Large Mug, 15 oz.

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Ely Samuel Parker was a Seneca Indian, tribal diplomat, attorney and engineer. At the beginning of the war he tried to join the Union Army but was turned down by Secretary of War Simon Cameron because he was Indian. Ely Parker was commissioned as an engineer by Ulysses S. Grant in 1863. He wrote the final draft of the Confederate surrender terms at Appomattox at which Lee extended his hand to Parker and said, “I am glad to see one real American here.” After the war Grant appointed Parker Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

This Ely Parker mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States.  Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.  We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
  • Shipping charges are lower when buying multiple mugs.


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