James Ward graduated in 1823 from the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy at Norwich, Vermont. His naval service took him to the Mediterranean and the coast of Africa, interdicting the slave trade. Ward taught courses in at the Philadelphia Naval Academy, and in 1845 he was one of the five founders of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. When the Civil War broke out, he established the “flying squadron” to protect the southern end of Chesapeake Bay. The unit became known as the Potomac Flotilla and defended the entrance to the Union capital. Ward was shot while sighting the bow gun on his flagship, the Thomas Freeborn. He became the first Union naval officer killed in action during the American Civil War.
This James Ward 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.