Lawrence O’Bryan Branch was a lawyer who served in Congress from 1855 until 1861. He advocated for the secession of his native North Carolina and volunteered for military service in 1861. He saw action at Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, and Fairfax Court House and was detailed to help Jackson capture the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry. Branch was ordered to abandon Harpers Ferry and march to Sharpsburg and the Antietam Battlefield. He arrived there just in time to meet and turn back Burnside’s advance in the late afternoon. Branch was then meeting with A.P. Hill and his commanders when a sharpshooter put a bullet in his brain, killing him instantly. Branch was one of six generals who were killed or mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam.
This Lawrence O’Bryan Branch 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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