Sally Louisa Tompkins opened the Robertson Hospital in Richmond shortly after the First Battle of Manassas. The hospital had the highest number of men who recovered from their wounds and returned to service, of 1334 wounded men treated there only 73 died. Jefferson Davis required all military hospitals be managed by military personnel. Sally was the first woman commissioned in the Confederate Army. She accepted the appointment as captain but refused payment for her service. She was remembered as the “Angel of the Confederacy.”
The Confederate States of America was an unrecognized country, originally formed by seven secessionist slave-holding states whose economy was dependent on cotton and the plantation system. The government of the United States rejected the claims of secession and considered the Confederacy illegally founded. No foreign government officially recognized the Confederacy as an independent country, although Great Britain and France granted it belligerent status allowing Confederate agents to purchase goods and armaments.
This Sally Louisa Tompkins 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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