Jonathan Potts was a member of the first medical class that graduated in America. He was a surgeon and medical director in the Revolutionary War serving at the Battles of Trenton, Princeton, Valley Forge, and Saratoga. On June 6, 1776, Jonathan Potts was appointed by Congress as physician and surgeon for the Army of Canada and Lake George. In 1777, after the American victories at Bennington in August, and Saratoga in October, he helped treat hundreds of wounded and ill redcoats in American hands. Potts continued to serve patients until he resigned from the army in 1780.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While it started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This Jonathan Potts history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
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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