William Hammond was the surgeon general from 1862 until 1864. He helped design a new ambulance wagon that greatly reduced mortality. He oversaw many advances in efficiency and sanitation. As surgeon general, he was almost unique in promoting individuals on the basis of their competence rather than patronage. Banning the use of mercury in patients, which he believed to be unsafe, was one of many points of contention he had with Secretary of War Stanton, who eventually had him court-martialed and removed from office. In 1867 he became a professor of nervous and mental diseases at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Seven years later he helped found the American Neurological Association.
This William Hammond 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.