Early in the Civil War, James H. Wilson was a topographical engineer and aide-de-camp to General George McClellan. Wilson was present at the battles of South Mountain and Antietam. He was transferred to the Western Theater under Grant as a lieutenant colonel and topographical engineer. In 1864 Wilson switched from engineering to the cavalry and was promoted to major general. He commanded a cavalry division under Sheridan and later was chief of cavalry for the military division of the Mississippi under Sherman. Wilson was one of the few Union commanders to ever defeat Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. As the war ended, he captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Henry Wirz.
This James Wilson 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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