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W. N. Pendleton

W. N. Pendleton

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

William Nelson Pendleton

(1808 - 1883)

Home State: Virginia

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1830

Command Billet: Chief of Artillery

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Army of Northern Virginia


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

He graduated from the USMA in 1830, and resigned from the US Army in 1833, becoming a teacher and minister. In 1861 he was made Capt. of the Rockbridge Artillery, then Colonel of Artillery, CSA. In March 1862 he was appointed Brigadier General

On the Campaign

He served Gen Lee as his Chief of Artillery and commanded the army's Reserve Artillery. He was ill for most of the Campaign, but remained at his post. He was in personal command of the remaining elements of the Reserve guarding the Potomac fords—chiefly at Boteler's—during the action of 17 September. He was the rear guard of the Army at Shepherdstown on 19 and 20 September, where he was attacked and routed by elements of the Federal V Corps. All but four of his guns and the position opposite the Ford were regained on the return of A. P. Hill's Division.

The rest of the War

He served from First Manassas to Appomattox and was chief of artillery of the ANV for much of the time, later in command of the reserve ordnance.

After the War

Post War Career: Minister.

References & notes

His only son, Col. "Sandie" Pendleton, was a member of Stonewall Jackson's staff, and fell mortally wounded at the battle of Winchester, in September, 1864.


12/23/1808; Lexington, VA


1/15/1883; Lexington, VA