Banks, Nathaniel P. – Civil War


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

Small Mug, 11 oz.

Large Mug, 15 oz.

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Nathaniel P. Banks held abolitionist views and was a gifted orator from Massachusetts who became speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and governor of Massachusetts in the 1850s.  Appointed by Lincoln as one of the first political major generals, he was transferred to New Orleans as commander of the Department of the Gulf, replacing Benjamin Butler, after he suffered losses in the Shenandoah Valley.  He failed to reinforce Grant at Vicksburg and poorly handled the Siege of Port Hudson.  He was recalled after his failed attempt to occupy northern Louisiana and eastern Texas.  After the war, Nathaniel P. Banks was instrumental in the early reconstruction efforts in Louisiana, which was to be a model for dealing with African Americans in the southern states.

This Nathaniel P. Banks 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.


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