John Wesley Culp, a native of Gettysburg, moved to VA. in 1858 while working as an apprentice carriage maker and later joined the Confederate Army. John’s older brother, William, and his cousin, Wesley Culp were soldiers in the Union Army. Culp’s Hill in Gettysburg belonged to John’s cousin. John was the only man killed as part of the 2nd Virginia Regiment at Gettysburg. Legend says that John was carrying a letter for Jennie Wade, given to him by her fiancée, Johnston Skelly who died weeks earlier. Wade was the only civilian killed at Gettysburg.
The Confederate States of America was an unrecognized country, originally formed by seven secessionist slave-holding states whose economy was dependent on cotton and the plantation system. The government of the United States rejected the claims of secession and considered the Confederacy illegally founded. No foreign government officially recognized the Confederacy as an independent country, although Great Britain and France granted it belligerent status allowing Confederate agents to purchase goods and armaments.
This John Wesley Culp 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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