Chesnut, Mary – Civil War


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

Small Mug, 11 oz.

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Mary Chesnut was the wife of a SC plantation owner and a U.S. senator who became a Confederate officer.  She kept a diary of the Civil War as seen through her life.  Mary was a secret abolitionist while her husband՚s family owned more than 1,000 slaves.  In her diary, she explained the changing fortunes of the South during the war and analyzed the various classes of the South as the war years progressed, including the mixed roles of men and women.  She explicitly addressed the issue of white planters, fathering children with black women slaves within their extended households.  In 1884, she turned her diary into a book.  She wrote three novels that she never saw published.  Scholars credit the Chesnut diary as the most important work done by a Confederate author.

This Mary Chesnut 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.
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