James Carleton was born in Maine and commissioned as a lieutenant in 1839. He spent most of his career in the West, taking part in the Mexican-American War and serving as an Indian fighter. In 1859 his company arrived in Utah at the site of the Mountain Meadows massacre, where they gathered the remains of some of the bodies found scattered on the plain. It was concluded that the Mormons, dressed as Indians, murdered 120 men, women and children of a California emigrant train. During the Civil War, Carleton commanded troops in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. His primary field officer was Colonel “Kit” Carson who fought against the Navajo, concluding with scorched-earth tactics at Canyon de Chelly.
This James Carleton 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.
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