Ericsson, John – Civil War


This John Ericsson mug is part of our collection of Civil War biographical mugs.  An image of John Ericsson and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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John Ericsson was a Swedish inventor who worked on designs for early locomotives in England but in 1839 moved to the U.S.  In New York he developed a twin screw sloop named the U.S.S. Princeton, which was the most advanced warship at the time.  It incorporated a 12-inch muzzle-loading gun on a revolving pedestal. His next project was the first iron steamboat, the Iron Witch.  In late 1861 John Ericsson was commissioned by the U.S. Navy to build an armored ironclad.  His design, based on Swedish lumber rafts, included two large cannons in a rotating turret.  The ship christened the U.S.S. Monitor, was built in less than 100 days.  It was towed to Virginia where it faced off against the Confederate ironclad, the C.S.S. Virginia, a renamed U.S. ship that had been captured called the U.S.S. Merrimack.

This John Ericsson 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.
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