Turner Ashby ran a mercantile business before the war. His father served in the War of 1812 and his grandfather served in the American Revolution. In 1859, Turner raised a company of cavalry and became their captain. He supported slavery but opposed secession. In 1861, Virginia left the Union and Turner’s command became part of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, also known as, “Ashby’s Brigade.” His brother Richard, a captain in the regiment, was killed that same year during a reconnaissance mission. Turner was a gifted cavalryman and famous for his daring exploits in the Shenandoah Valley under Stonewall Jackson. He was promoted to Brigadier General in May of 1862 and killed in June fighting a rear-guard action south of Harrisonburg.
This Turner Ashby 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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