William French was aide-de-camp under Franklin Pierce during the Mexican-American War. He fought against the Seminole Indians in 1851 and was commanding officer of Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson. In 1860 he authored Instruction for Field Artillery and served in the western frontier. In the Civil War, he fought in many battles during the Peninsula Campaign. At Antietam, he commanded the 3rd Division of the II Corps making the first attack on the Confederate Division in the Sunken Road. He was promoted to major general a few months later. When General Sickles was wounded at Gettysburg, French assumed command of the III Corps. After the Mine Run Campaign, he was relieved of field duty and served on military boards.
This William French 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.