James Ricketts fought in the Mexican-American and Seminole Wars. In the Civil War, at First Bull Run, he was shot four times and captured but later returned to the north as part of a prisoner exchange. At Antietam he had two horses shot from under him and was badly injured when a horse fell on him. James Ricketts fought at the Battle of Monocacy under General Lew Wallace, where he held the Union left flank. At the Battle of Cedar Creek, he was in command of the VI Corps until wounded by a Minie ball that went through his chest. He returned to duty two days before Lee’s surrender. His grave marker reads in part “Wounded five times…Died Sept 27, 1887, from wounds received while commanding the Sixth Army Corps in the Shenandoah Valley.”
The Battle of Monocacy
In 1864, Washington, D.C. had been stripped of its troops who were sent to aid in the Siege of Petersburg. Robert E. Lee ordered General Jubal Early to invade Maryland and attack the capital in Washington. On July 9, with less than 7,000 Union forces, General Lewis Wallace gathered at Monocacy Junction and fought there to slow the advance of 15,000 Confederates who were headed toward Washington. The Union lost the Battle of Monocacy, but their delaying action allowed reinforcements to reach Washington and save the capital.
This James Ricketts 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 content on the mugs is crafted for a stunning visual experience and to inspire an interest to learn more about history. Robert Compton, who developed HistoryMugs, colorized the hundred-year-old photographs in order to bring the individuals back to life. Biography and images are designed and printed in Bristol, Vermont, USA.
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