Fitz John Porter served in the Mexican-American War where he was wounded and received two promotions. He then became a cavalry and artillery instructor at West Point before being stationed in Kansas. He served in the expedition against the Mormons in 1857. At the Second Battle of Bull Run, Porter’s 5,000 man Corps were overrun by 30,000 Confederates turning the tide of the battle. At Antietam, his corps was held in reserve by McClellan. It is reported that Porter told McClellan, “Remember General, I command the last reserve of the last Army of the Republic.” This implied advice may have caused McClellan’s failure to commit his reserve in the battle, which may have been the deciding factor in the Union not winning the Battle at Antietam.
This Fitz John Porter 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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