Mahan, Dennis – Civil War


This Dennis Mahan mug is part of our collection of Civil War biographical mugs.  An image of Dennis Mahan and a short biography are features of this history mug.

Small Mug, 11 oz.

Large Mug, 15 oz.

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Dennis Hart Mahan graduated first in his class from West Point in 1824.  He went to Europe to learn advanced engineering techniques and upon his return took the position as chair of the Engineering Department at West Point.  Dennis Mahan was responsible for getting the best-known civil engineering practices into the U.S. military. His books on the subject were extremely influential, especially those on field and fixed fortifications.  His lectures on entrenchment and fortifications were learned by West Point cadets who later served in both the Union and Confederate armies.  In 1871 the board at West Point suggested that Mahan be forced to retire, which resulted in his committing suicide by leaping into the paddlewheel of a steamboat on the Hudson River.

This Dennis Mahan 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.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.
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