John McClernand was born in Breckinridge County, Kentucky; he was a ‟classic case of the politician-in-uniform.” He raised the “McClernand Brigade” in Illinois and was commissioned as a brigadier general of volunteers. His commission was based on Lincoln’s desire to retain a political connection with Democrats in Illinois. John McClernand was second in command under Grant at the Battle of Belmont and commanded the 1st Division of Grant’s Army at Fort Donelson. Promoted to major general of volunteers, at the Battle of Shiloh he commanded a division of the Army of Tennessee. McClernand’s political maneuvering put him at odds with Grant during the Vicksburg Campaign and he was relieved of his command two weeks before the fall of Vicksburg.
This John McClernand 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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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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