Frances Wadhams was educated in private schools in NY and VT. She married George Davenport in 1860, just before he enlisted in the Fifth Vermont Volunteers, to fight in the Civil War. Davenport died at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 12, 1864. Frances Wadhams traveled from Vermont to Virginia to bring his body home to Brandon. In 1867 she married Ebenezer J. Ormsbee, a Civil War veteran, who was elected governor of Vermont in 1886. The couple sought to remember and memorialize the 54 Brandon soldiers who died in the war. A Civil War monument was erected in 1886, and the tradition of first-grade girls in white dresses bringing flowers to place at the base of the monument on Memorial Day began and continues today.
This Frances Wadhams 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.
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