William W. Wells Jr. was born in Waterbury, Vermont, and along with three of his brothers joined the Union Army in 1861. Wells commanded the Second Battalion, 1st Vermont Cavalry at Gettysburg, where he led the desperate cavalry charge on Big Round Top. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry. Wells received more promotions than any other Vermont officer during the war, rising from private to general in less than 3 years. After the war, Wells served in the Vermont legislature, was elected adjutant general, and ran a successful business known around the world as the Wells Richardson Company. His daughter Bertha married Burlington doctor, Horatio Jackson, who was the first person to drive an automobile from California to New York City in 1903.
This William W. Wells Jr. 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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