Born in Bardstown, Kentucky, at age 16 Benjamin Helm accepted an appointment to West Point graduating 9th in his class. He served as a brevet 2nd lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Dragoons and later studied law. Benjamin Helm worked as a lawyer and states attorney before marrying Emilie Todd, the half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. His brother-in-law Abraham Lincoln offered him the position of Union Army paymaster, he declined and returned to Kentucky where he raised the 1st Kentucky Cavalry Regiment. In 1863, while serving under Breckinridge he was given command of the 1st Kentucky Brigade more commonly known as the ‟Orphan Brigade.” He fought at the Battle of Shiloh and was killed during the Battle of Chickamauga.
This Benjamin Helm 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.
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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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