Jubal Early served under Stonewall Jackson and later under Robert E. Lee. Lee called Early the “Bad Old Man” because of his short temper. He commanded forces at first and second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and campaigns in the Shenandoah Valley. In 1864, Lee sent Early on a mission to capture Washington which was lightly defended. Jubal Early encountered Union forces under Lew Wallace at the Battle of Monocacy. Early outnumbered Wallace by two to one, but the battle there delayed him long enough for Washington to receive re-enforcements and the city was saved. After the war, Early returned to Virginia to practice law. He promoted The Lost Cause movement and criticized the actions of Longstreet at Gettysburg.
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 6, 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 Jubal Early 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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