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 Dorsey Pender

Dorsey Pender

Original Name William
Birth
Edgecombe County, North Carolina, USA
Death 18 Jul 1863 (aged 29)
Staunton, Staunton City, Virginia, USA
Burial Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 11048 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Major General. Born William Dorsey Pender in Edgecomb County, North Carolina, he graduated from West Point in 1854, was commissioned an officer in the US Infantry and served in the West Coast. With the start of the Civil War, he resigned from the US Army and was commissioned a Colonel in the Confederate 13th North Carolina Infantry. After his performance at Seven Pines, he was promoted Brigadier General, led his brigade at the Seven Days battle and at Chancellorsville. Promoted Major General in June 1863, he was placed in command of a division in the 3rd Corps under General A.P. Hill at Gettysburg. On July 2, 1863, in a follow-up attack on Seminary Hill, Pender received a shrapnel wound in the leg. The leg became infected as he was being transported to Staunton, Virginia, which resulted in being amputated there, and he died subsequent to the operation, on July 18, 1863. At the time of his death, he was widely considered one of the outstanding younger generals in the Confederate Army.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 16 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11048
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dorsey Pender (6 Feb 1834–18 Jul 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11048, citing Calvary Church Cemetery, Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .