Robert Emmet Rodes was the first division commander of R.E. Lee, who was not trained at West Point. He saw action at Bull Run, Seven Pines, South Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Stonewall Jackson, on his deathbed, after being shot at Chancellorsville, recommended Rodes be promoted to Major General. At Antietam, Rodes was wounded while commanding a brigade that held out against Union assaults on the “Bloody Lane.” In 1864, at the Third Battle of Winchester, Sheridan attacked Opequon chasing from town the wives of Confederate officers. Rodes saved the wife of General John Gordon from capture. Rodes and John Gordon were then preparing to attack Sheridan’s forces when Rodes was struck in the head by a Union shell fragment and killed.
This Robert Emmet Rodes 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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