Harriet Wood was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As an actress she took the stage name Pauline Cushman. After performing in Louisville, Kentucky, she found she could befriend Confederates and learn secrets from them. She decided at that moment to become a spy for the Union. Caught by Confederate General Bragg and sentenced to death, Pauline Cushman was saved by invading Union troops. She was later awarded the rank of brevet major. After the war she was featured by P.T. Barnum in his circus. Towards the end of her life she worked as a seamstress. She became addicted to pain medication used for her rheumatism and died of an overdose of morphine.
This Pauline Cushman mug is part of our US 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.