Edmund Kirby Smith was a career U.S. Army officer who fought in the Mexican-American War, before joining the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was wounded at First Bull Run and later appointed commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department in 1863. Edmund Kirby Smith made an unsuccessful attempt to relieve the Siege of Vicksburg. After Vicksburg surrendered, the Trans-Mississippi zone was cut off and became a virtual independent nation, nicknamed “Kirby Smithdom”. When Smith surrendered at Galveston, Texas, on June 2, 1865, his was the last major Confederate field force. After the war he worked in the railway industry and was a college professor of math and botany.
This Edmund Kirby 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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