Sumner, Charles – Civil War


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

Small Mug, 11 oz.

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Charles Sumner was an academic lawyer and senator from Massachusetts, as well as leader of the Radical Republicans.  Sumner worked to free all slaves.  In 1856, after delivering an antislavery speech called the “Crime against Kansas,” he was nearly killed by South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks on the Senate floor.  Sumner worked closely with Lincoln to keep the British and French from intervening on the side of the Confederacy.  After the war he worked to minimize the power of ex-Confederates and guarantee equal rights for the freedmen.  He was continually at odds with President Johnson over plans for Reconstruction that would have kept former Confederate leaders in power.

This Charles Sumner mug is part of our US 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.
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