General Benjamin Butler helped to establish the precedent of using fugitive slaves as contraband, rather then returning them to their owners. He was despised by Southerners for his strict enforcement of penalties for any act of disloyalty while commander of Union forces in New Orleans. Butler’s mismanagement of forces during the Petersburg Campaign led to his removal as a front-line officer. After the war, he served as a Congressman and worked toward the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. He authored the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, giving federal authorities the right to prosecute the Klan. In 1875 he co-authored the Civil Rights Act which gave African Americans the right to use all public accommodations.
This Benjamin Butler 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.