Russell, William – Civil War


This William Russell mug is part of our collection of Civil War biographical mugs.  An image of William Russell and a short biography are features of this history mug.

Small Mug, 11 oz.

Large Mug, 15 oz.

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William Russell graduated from the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy at Norwich, Vermont, in 1828.  As he foresaw the coming of the Civil War, he opened a prep school for boys where he introduced military drill and discipline.  He was hired by the governor of Connecticut to organize and become the commander of the Connecticut state militia.  The state legislature made him a major general of the militia.  Russell was active in the organization of the new Republican Party and was a personal friend of John Brown.  Upon Brown’s execution, Russell served as the trustee of his will. Russell was also one of the founders of the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University.

This William Russell 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.

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