Alexander Scott enlisted in the 10th Vermont Infantry Regiment in 1862, as a private. He was promoted to corporal and assigned to the color guard. On July 9, 1864, at the Battle of Monocacy, Alexander Scott carried the state flag while his regiment was withdrawing under heavy fire. When he saw the color sergeant who carried the national flag fall, Scott picked up the national flag and carried both colors for the remainder of the action. For this, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Scott’s father served in the 5th Regiment of Vermont Volunteers and died from battle wounds in 1862.
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 Alexander Scott 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.
- 11 oz. mug: 3.75” H x 3” D
- 15 oz. mug: 4.5″ H x 3.25″ D
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