Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: The story of General Pender
This month our Cape Fear Pride series focuses on Burgaw, which is home to a monument dedicated to General Pender. David Ajeen of Burgaw Middle School tells the story.
The county of Pender was formed from New Hanover County and named for Major General William Dorsey Pender who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
The honor of naming the county for General Pender went to Doctor Elisha Porter, a Confederate veteran of Rocky Point, who served and fought under him during the War Between the States.
On the same day the county was named, Doctor and Mrs. Porter had a son and they named him Pender Porter. The monument to General Pender was given by the Pender county chapter, daughters of the confederacy to honor him and all of the Pender County Confederate soldiers. It was unveiled on Wednesday, may 27th, 1914. A parade was held before the formal ceremony with Captain RP Paddison serving as the chief marshal. Chief Justice Walter Clark delivered the address of dedication at 11 o’clock in the courthouse.
The monument, a replica of the general, first stood in the intersection of Wright and Freemont streets, later moved in November 1951 to a side of the square and then moved again to its present location to increase visibility.
Make sure you tune into our news cast this Friday when we are live for Cape Fear Pride at Court House Coffee in Burgaw during the 5, 5:30 and 6 o’clock shows.
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