Date of Award
Master of Arts
My initial introduction to Colonel Pegram was facilitated by the reading of Lee's Lieutenants, that monumental work on the Army of Northern Virginia, by Doctor Douglas Southall Freeman. One obscure footnote on page 674, volume Ill attracted my attention and imagination. Doctor Freeman states in this subscript that "Willie" Pegram deserves a biography. This study is an attempt to partially meet that challenge; however, I use the word "partially", for a complete biography would of necessity include more materials on the subject's early life. The major emphasis here is on his military career in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The writer has been to every battlefield and personally observed the ground where Colonel Pegram did battle with his guns.
McDowell, Beverly Blair, "The military career of Colonel William Ranson Johnson Pegram, C.S.A." (1964). Master's Theses. 946.