Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss worked as a ropemaker and auctioneer prior to serving in the Mexican-American War. In 1860 he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress. Early in the Civil War Benjamin Prentiss defended railroad lines in Missouri and was later assigned as a division commander under Grant. During the Battle of Shiloh, when other divisions fell back, he held firm at what became known as the “Hornets Nest.” While he eventually surrendered, Prentiss is widely considered a hero for having held off the Confederates long enough for Grant to organize a counterattack and win the battle. Prentiss was released later as part of a prisoner exchange and promoted to major general. After the war, he worked as a lawyer and postmaster of Bethany, Missouri.
This Benjamin Prentiss 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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