Edwin V. Sumner fought in the Black Hawk, Mexican-American, Indian and Bleeding Kansas Wars. He was the oldest field commander on either side during the Civil War. At Antietam, he ordered John Sedgwick’s division to attack the West Woods which resulted in its disorderly retreat and more than 2,200 casualties. The attack lacked adequate reconnaissance and was poorly coordinated. At the Battle of Fredericksburg, he was in command of the Right Grand Division and suffered heavy casualties when ordered to make frontal assaults against Confederate troops massed at Marye’s Heights. He was later relieved of command at his own request and reassigned to the Department of the Missouri, but died of a heart attack before he could be transferred.
This Edwin V. Sumner 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.