Carney, William – Medal of Honor


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

Small Mug, 11 oz.

Large Mug, 15 oz.

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William Carney was born into slavery, but as a child he escaped via the Underground Railroad to the north.  He joined the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as a Sergeant in 1863.  In July of that year, the 54th spearheaded the charge on Fort Wagner.  When the color guard was killed, Carney picked up the flag and moved to the front of the charge.  After the regiment took the walls he found himself alone and was shot twice.  Carney was forced to withdraw and joined up with another advancing unit and was shot again.  After being escorted to a field hospital, he passed the flag to another member of the 54th.  Carney never let the flag touch the ground.  This was the first action of an African American soldier that resulted in the award of a Congressional Medal of Honor, though he did not receive the award until May 23, 1900.

This William Carney 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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