Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. served as first lieutenant with the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He suffered wounds at the battles of Ball’s Bluff, Antietam, and Chancellorsville. He saw much action during the Peninsula Campaign and at the Battle of Fredericksburg and suffered a near-fatal case of dysentery. He received a brevet promotion to colonel in recognition of his actions during the war. After his three year enlistment, weary and ill, he retired to his home in Boston in 1864, and his regiment was disbanded.
This Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. 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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