William Dorsey Pender served in the U.S. Army from 1856-1860. In 1861, he resigned from the U.S. Army and joined the C.S.A. as captain of the artillery. He saw action at Seven Days, Glendale, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, and Harpers Ferry. After a forced 17-mile march from Harpers Ferry, he arrived at Antietam just in time to repeal a flank attack. Wounded at Fredericksburg and again at Chancellorsville, he continued to command. At the age of 29, he was promoted to Major General. Lee wrote to Jefferson Davis saying, “Pender is an excellent officer, attentive, industrious and brave; has been conspicuous in every battle, and I believe, wounded in almost all of them.” On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pender was mortally wounded and died the next day.
This William Dorsey Pender 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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