William Franklin was a civil engineer before the war but became a career officer in the Union Army. He saw action in the Mexican-American War, after which he oversaw the construction of lighthouses on the Atlantic Coast. During the Civil War, he commanded a brigade at First Bull Run and later at the Peninsula Campaign. At Antietam, Franklin’s VI Corps were held in reserve, although he pleaded with Major General Sumner to allow his corps to exploit a weak point he saw in the Confederate center. At Fredericksburg, he led an advance against the Confederate right flank commanded by Stonewall Jackson, but he failed to break the line. After the war, Franklin moved to Connecticut and became vice president of the Colt Firearms Manufacturing Company.
This William Franklin 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.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.