Chatham Roberdeau Wheat was elected captain of the First Tennessee Mounted Regiment serving under Winfield Scott during the Mexican-American War. He was a large man standing 6’ 4” and weighing 240 pounds. He later became a mercenary working for causes in Cuba, Mexico, and Italy. In 1861, Wheat organized the “Louisiana Tigers” a hard-living unit that performed well in combat but was renowned for its lack of discipline. At the First Battle of Bull Run, he was shot through both lungs. Informed by a surgeon there was no record of a man surviving such a wound, he replied, Well then, I will put my case on record. Wheat’s battalion served in Jackson’s Valley Campaign and the Peninsula Campaign. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill on June 27, 1862, and died in combat.
This Chatham Roberdeau Wheat 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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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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