Richard Anderson was a career U.S. Army officer who fought in the Mexican-American War. He resigned his commission and joined the Confederate Army rising to the rank of Major General. Wounded at the Battle of Santa Rosa Island and again at Antietam, Anderson was nicknamed “Fighting Dick” after the Battle of Seven Pines. At the Battle of the Wilderness Anderson took command of the First Corps when Longstreet was severely wounded. In March of 1864, his corps executed an all-night march at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House securing a position that denied the Federals a way around Lee’s army toward Richmond. After the war, he failed as a cotton planter, worked for the South Carolina Railroad, and served as a state phosphate inspector.
This Richard Anderson 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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