William Clarke Quantrill was a school teacher who had a troubled life as a young man. He was a drifter, cattle rustler and bounty hunter of runaway slaves. In 1861 he moved to Texas, where he learned the art of ambush fighting and camouflage. He joined the Confederate Army at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in August of 1861. He then deserted to form his own “army” of loyal men, which included the James brothers and Younger brothers. His most infamous raid was on Lawrence, KS, where Quantrill led 450 guerrillas. They killed 183 men and boys, looted the town and robbed the bank. After Lee’s surrender in the spring of 1865, Quantrill and a dozen of his followers were ambushed and he was shot. He later died of his wounds in prison.
This William Quantrill 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.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.