George Davenport was a graduate of Middlebury College and a professor at the Church School for Boys in Hamden, CT. He married Frances Birchard Wadhams on August 2, 1860. George was the son of Thomas Davenport, inventor of the 1st electric motor. In 1861, George enlisted in the Fifth Vermont Volunteers. George Davenport died on May 12, 1864, from wounds he received at the Battle of the Wilderness. He was temporarily buried there along with his best friend, also killed at the battle. His wife Frances (Frankie) traveled from Vermont to Virginia in order to bring their bodies home to Brandon. In 1867, Frances married Ebenezer J. Ormsbee, a Civil War veteran, who was elected as the 41st governor of Vermont in 1886.
This George Davenport 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.