In 1861, George Davis enlisted in the 1st Vermont Infantry and saw action in the Battle of Big Bethel. The following year he enlisted in the 10th Vermont Infantry and was promoted to the rank of 1st lieutenant. At the Battle of Monocacy, he commanded a Union detachment that held a position guarding the bridges. For his service at Monocacy Junction, holding against repeated Confederate assaults of superior numbers, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Davis was later promoted to captain during the campaign in the Shenandoah Valley.
The Battle of Monocacy
In 1864, Washington, D.C. had been stripped of its troops who were sent to aid in the Siege of Petersburg. Robert E. Lee ordered General Jubal Early to invade Maryland and attack the capital in Washington. On July 9, with less than 7,000 Union forces, General Lewis Wallace gathered at Monocacy Junction and fought there to slow the advance of 15,000 Confederates who were headed toward Washington. The Union lost the Battle of Monocacy, but their delaying action allowed reinforcements to reach Washington and save the capital.
This George Davis 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 content on the mugs is crafted for a stunning visual experience and to inspire an interest to learn more about history. Robert Compton, who developed HistoryMugs, colorized the hundred-year-old photographs in order to bring the individuals back to life. Biography and images are designed and printed in Bristol, Vermont, USA.
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