Charles Ferguson Smith graduated from West Point in 1825 and later became an instructor there. He distinguished himself as an artillery commander during the Mexican-American War. When the Civil War began Smith served on recruiting duty and was commissioned as a colonel in the Regular Army. He became a division commander in the Dept. of the Missouri under Brigadier General Ulysses Grant who had been his student at West Point. Smith led his division of raw volunteers at the Battle of Fort Donelson in February 1862. His attack on the Confederate right flank was instrumental in the capture of Fort Donelson and Smith’s unselfish character made him a favorite of Grant. Charles Ferguson Smith died of an infection and chronic dysentery in April 1862. A month before his death he was promoted to Major General of Volunteers.
This Charles Ferguson Smith 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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