CDV OF CONFEDERATE CAPTAIN WILLIAM RANSOM JOHNSON PEGRAM

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This CDV photograph is a bust view of Pegram in a Captain's uniform and wearing eyeglasses. Image is clear with good contrast. Mount has had lower corners trimmed. Photographer's imprint along lower edge. Photographer's backmark, Bendann Brothers, Baltimore, MD.

William Ransom Johnson Pegram, known as "Willie" or "Willy", (June 29, 1841 – April 2, 1865) was an artillery officer in Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. Pegram enlisted in an artillery battery from Richmond known as the "Purcell Artillery" in April 1861. The youthful Pegram would become General A. P. Hill's favorite artillery officer. He gained a reputation for his scholarly looks—extreme nearsightedness required that he wear his gold-rimmed spectacles even in the heat of battle–and for his utter fearlessness in battle. Pegram amassed a commendable combat record during the Civil War, first with A.P. Hill's famous "Light Division" and then with Hill's Third Corps. He fought in virtually every major action in the Eastern theater in which the Army of Northern Virginia was engaged.

Willy Pegram rose through the ranks from private to colonel of artillery in command of sixty guns. He was wounded at Antietam in 1862, at Squirrel Level in 1864, and mortally wounded in the Battle of Five Forks in 1865. He was the younger brother of Confederate General John Pegram, who was also killed in action. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.

Originally in the William A. Turner collection. [jet]   [ph:L]

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