Tarleton, Banastre – Revolutionary War


This Banastre Tarleton mug is part of our collection of Revolutionary War biographical mugs.  An image of Banastre Tarleton and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Banastre Tarleton was a lieutenant colonel of the British Legion.  His use of light infantry with cavalry made his green-jacketed dragoons one of the most feared units in the war.  He led by example and set a strong pace for his men.  Cornwallis wrote: “I wish you would get three legions, and divide yourself into three parts: We can do no good without you.”  After the Battle of Waxhaws, Banastre Tarleton was given the name “butcher” when he continued his assault after Americans tried to surrender.  In 1781 the aggressive Tarleton charged his dragoons into retreating Continentals at the Battle of Cowpens.  The British were surrounded and soundly defeated.  This gave the Americans an important victory, which was a turning point in the war in the south.

The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783.  It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation.  While the war started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict.  France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown.  Holland supplied the colonies with weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years’ War.  No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.

This Banastre Tarleton History Mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.

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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