Gardner, James Daniel – Medal of Honor


The James Daniel Gardner mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals and includes an image of James Daniel Gardner and a short biography.

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James Daniel Gardner was a private in the 36th Colored Regiment at the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm.  Charging the Confederates they came under intense fire in which 50 percent of the black troops became casualties.  During the assault, Gardner advanced ahead of his unit, shooting a Confederate officer.  Failing to kill him, he continued charging until he was close enough to pierce him with his bayonet.  The following day Gardner was promoted to sergeant and given the Medal of Honor for his actions.

This James Daniel Gardner mug is part of our Medal of Honor Series and 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.

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