7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013
Dr. Brian S. Wills
“Confederate General Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory”
KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive
(past Cracker Barrel – next to BrandsMart)
Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Civil War Center and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War, including an upcoming biography of William Dorsey Pender!
During the Civil War, North Carolinian William Dorsey Pender established himself as one of the Army of Northern Virginia’s best young fighting officers. He fought in most of the significant engagements of the war in the Eastern Theater. After a successful first day at Gettysburg, Pender prepared for attacks in concert with other Confederate forces when a shell struck and disabled him, removing him from command, and necessitating his return to Virginia for what was hoped to be only an extended convalescence. Pender initially survived the wound, but lost his leg and life at Staunton, Virginia, on July 18, 1863. Pender’s military service, religious faith, and devotion to his wife, Fanny, and his children, characterized his adult life and underscored his on‐going quest for attaining earthly and heavenly glory.
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