Johnston, Willie – Medal of Honor


The Willie Johnston mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals and includes an image of Willie Johnston and a short biography.

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Willie Johnston was cited for gallantry in the Seven Days’ Battle of the Peninsular Campaign of 1862.  He was the only drummer boy in his division to come away with his instrument even though fellow soldiers had thrown away their guns in the general rout.  The youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor, Willie Johnston joined the 3rd Vermont Regiment to be near his father.  The twelve-year-old drummer and stretcher bearer carried out his duties with uncommon bravery and persistence while under fire during intense combat in the vicinity of Richmond, Virginia.  Brought to the attention of President Lincoln, Johnston was cited as a model of devotion and courage.

This Willie Johnston mug is part of our Medal of Honor Series and 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 content on the mugs is crafted for a stunning visual experience and to inspire an interest to learn more about history.  Robert Compton, who developed HistoryMugs, colorized the hundred-year-old photographs in order to bring the individuals back to life.  Biography and images are designed and printed in Bristol, Vermont, USA.

  • 11 oz. mug:  3.75” H x 3” D
  • 15 oz. mug:  4.5″ H x 3.25″ D
  • Mugs are premium hard coated ceramic, which are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
  • Shipping charges drop dramatically on orders of 8 or more.

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