Alpheus Williams was a lawyer, judge, and journalist prior to the Civil War. He fought in the Shenandoah Valley and was beaten by a smaller Confederate force under Stonewall Jackson and again beaten by Jackson at the Battle of Cedar Mountain. William’s division was marching north when his men found the Confederate “lost dispatch: Special Order 191″ which revealed Lee’s plan for invading the north and how he divided his army. At Antietam, Williams assumed temporary command when Corps commander Mansfield was killed. In the ensuing battle, the corps suffered 25% casualties. After the war Williams was elected as a Democrat to the United States Congress, he died in the U.S. Capitol Building of a stroke.
This Alpheus Williams 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.