Matthew Fontaine Maury served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years before the Civil War. Early in his career he organized the nation’s shipmasters to collect data on sea conditions. In 1847 he published Wind and Current Chart of the North Atlantic. Maury advocated for the establishment of what would become the U.S. Naval Academy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. When the Civil War broke out, he resigned his commission in the Navy and accepted the position as Chief of the Sea in the C.S.N. He traveled overseas, purchasing ships for the Confederacy and trying to convince other nations to stop the American Civil War. When the war ended, he became a teacher at the Virginia Military Academy.
This Matthew Maury 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.