Rose O’Neal Greenhow, a Washington, D.C. socialite, circulated in important political circles. She cultivated friendships with generals, senators, and high-ranking military officers. Greenhow became a Confederate spy passing along military information. Jefferson Davis credits the information she gathered with the South’s victory at the First Battle of Bull Run. She was eventually arrested and imprisoned. Released in 1862, she was praised by Jefferson Davis, who enlisted her as a courier to Europe to build support for the Confederacy, where she wrote her memoir My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington. When returning to the Confederacy, her ship chased by a Union gunboat ran aground, and she drowned fleeing in a rowboat.
This Rose O’Neal Greenhow 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.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.