John Pemberton was a West Point graduate who served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War. At the start of the Civil War, two of his brothers joined the Union Army while John sided with the south and became a Lieutenant General in the C.S.A. As commander of the Army of the Mississippi, Pemberton lost battles at Champion Hill and Big Black River. He defended Vicksburg during Grant᾽s siege of the city, but on July 4, 1863, surrendered with his army of over 29,000 men. This defeat and the successful siege of Port Hudson a few days later gave the Union Army complete control of the Mississippi River.
This John Pemberton 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.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.