Julia Ward Howe was born into an upper-middle-class family. She married Samuel Howe in 1843, a man 18 years her senior. He was an abolitionist, who worked in prison and school reforms. Julia was a poet who met Abraham Lincoln in 1861 and was inspired to write new words to the song “John Brown’s Body,” using the existing music. Her song, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” was one of the most popular songs of the Union Army. Julia Ward Howe went on to write for literary magazines and was a strong proponent for abolition and woman’s rights. She was president of the American Woman Suffrage Association and helped found other woman’s rights groups. During her memorial service in 1910, more than 4,000 individuals sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” as a sign of respect.
This Julia Ward Howe mug is part of our US 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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