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PENDER, William Dorsey, soldier, born in Edgecombe county, North Carolina, 6 February, 1834; died in Staunton, Virginia, 18 July, 1863. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1854, and assigned to the artillery, but was transferred to the 2d dragoons on 3 March, 1855, and promoted 1st lieutenant, 17 May, 1858. He was engaged in active service on the frontier until 21 March, 1861, when he resigned his commission, he was appointed colonel of the 6th North Carolina regiment on 27 May, 1861, and brigadier-general in the provisional Confederate army, 3 June, 1862. He was promoted to the rank of major-general, 27 May, 1863. His brigade was composed of five North Carolina regiments of infantry, and formed part of Anderson's division, of Ambrose P. Hill's corps, in the Army of northern Virginia. His division was composed of the brigades of Pender, McGowan, Lane, and Thomas, in the same army. He died from wounds received at the battle of Gettysburg.
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