On Sept. 30th, 1862, at the First Battle of Newtonia, Missouri, General Schofield dispatched First Lieutenant Wells H. Blodgett of the 37th Illinois Infantry, and a single orderly with orders for Col. Hall of the 4th Missouri Cavalry, to move left and attack in that direction. Their route was across a piece of woods, in which he suddenly found himself facing a squad of Confederate pickets. Without a moment’s hesitation Blodgett, and the orderly, drew their revolvers and charged. Their cool impudence confused the pickets, who thought there was a larger force to the rear and threw down their arms. Eight Confederate soldiers surrendered and were taken as prisoners. In 1894, Blodgett received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for bravery during combat.
This Wells Howard Blodgett mug is part of our Civil War Series and Medal of Honor 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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