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Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War)
 
 

Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Steel Wills

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During the Civil War, North Carolinian William Dorsey Pender established himself as one of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's best young generals. He served in most of the significant engagements of the war in the eastern theater while under the command of Joseph E. Johnston at Seven Pines and Robert E. Lee from the Seven Days to Gettysburg. His most crucial contributions to Confederate success came at the battles of Second Manassas, Shepherdstown, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. After an effective first day at Gettysburg, Pender was struck by a shell and disabled, necessitating his return to Virginia for what he hoped would be only an extended convalescence. Although Pender initially survived the wound, he died soon thereafter due to complications from his injury.

In this thorough biography of Pender, noted Civil War historian Brian Steel Wills examines both the young general's military career and his domestic life. While Pender devoted himself to military service, he also embraced the Episcopal Church and was baptized before his command in the field. According to Wills, Pender had an insatiable quest for "glory" in both earthly and heavenly realms, and he delighted in his role as a husband and father. In Pender's voluminous correspondence with his wife, Fanny, he shared his beliefs and offered views and opinions on a vast array of subjects. In the end, Wills suggests that Pender's story captures both the idealistic promise and the despair of a war that cost the lives of many Americans and changed the nation forever.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2182 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0807152994
  • Publisher: LSU Press (11 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CMEMINE
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Confederate's Boy General 6 Dec 2013
By Eidetic Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
William Dorsey Pender was the youngest major general in the Confederate army at the time of his death on the 2nd day of Gettysburg, He was held in great esteem by General Robert E. Lee who commented later that year that he was losing his best men. "Jackson, Pender, Hood." Who was this man who was mentioned alongside famous Confederate fighting generals, Stonewall Jackson and John Bell Hood?

This book will tell you who William Dorsey Pender was, how he became the person he was, and what were the life experiences that drove him to his destiny. Based on archival records, contemporary recollections and the copious correspondence between Pender and his wife, this book reveals the complexity behind a military man during the greatest conflict. in United States history. Brian Wills, the author, had previously assisted in the publication of the Letters of a General to his Wife weaves together an illuminating portrait of this young general. In this book, he also sheds new light on some of the letters which were left out of that earlier book.

Reading this book will give you new appreciation of the needs of a military life and provides lessons on leadership and provide a view of the Confederate cause in the early part of the war. Dorsey Pender's life was unfortunately a tapestry cut short by his untimely death at the age of 29. The What-Ifs of his life are touched upon only briefly and we will never know what might have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about an often overlooked lieutenant 8 Feb 2014
By Kristopher D White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was greatly surprised to find this book. Pender is so often forgotten in the annals of the Army of Northern Virginia. Wills brings the life and career of Dorsey Pender to the fore. This is a great addition to any library and can be enjoyed by any Civil War historian, or buff. Well written and very well researched.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confederate General 28 Jan 2014
By William D. Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had grown up thinking that all my ancesters had no southern ties. That was changed when I learned through Ancestry.com that I had two distant cousins that served in the Virginia military, namely the Confederate cavalry. Both survived the war!
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