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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born N. C.)

William D. Pender

(Ap'd N. C.)


William Dorsey Pender: Born Feb. 6, 1834, Edgecombe Co., NC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1850, to July 1, 1854, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1854.

Served: in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1854‑55;

(Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, Aug. 16, 1854)

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Mar. 3, 1855)

on frontier duty at Ft. Thorn, N. M., — Ft. Craig, N. M., 1856, — Scouting, 1856, being engaged against the Apache Indians in a Skirmish at Almagre Mountain, N. M., Mar. 20, 1856, — March to California, 1856, — Ft. Tejon, Cal., 1856‑57, — Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1857, — Ft. Dalles, Or., 1857, — Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1857‑58, — and Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1858; on Spokane Expedition, Wash., 1858, being

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, May 17, 1858)

engaged in the Combat of Four Lakes, Sep. 1, 1858, — Combat on Spokane Plains, Sep. 5, 1858, — and Skirmish on Spokane River, Sep. 8, 1858; on frontier duty at Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1859, — and Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1859; in Oregon Hostilities, 1859‑60, being engaged in a Skirmish near Harney Lake, May 24, 1860, — and Skirmish near Owyhee River, June 23, 1860; on frontier duty at Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1860; as Adjutant 1st Dragoons, Nov. 8, 1860, to Jan. 31, 1861, at San Francisco, Cal.; and on Recruiting service, 1861.

Resigned, Mar. 21, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a and was

Killed, July 3, 1863,​b at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.: Aged 29.

Buried, Calvary Church Cemetery, Tarboro, NC.

Thayer's Notes:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was one of the South's most promising generals. The deficiency is made good on several websites, e.g., the transcription of the entry in Confederate Military History at CivilWarReference.Com.

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b Although his mortal wound came at the Battle of Gettysburg, he didn't die of it until July 18, 1863; with today's medicine, he would surely have survived.

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