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Andrew Jackson Pennington 1831-1892

  • April 05, 2016 8:50 PM
    Message # 3931169

    Andrew was born in 1831, near May's Landing, New Jersey. He was the son of CPT John Pennington. Andrew married Rebecca Ann Smallwood on 29 September1853.  


    He subsequently moved to Scuppernong, North Carolina sometime after 1856. He married Mary Eliza. Winn (Wynn) approximately 1859 and lived in Columbia North Carolina as a planter.


    He enlisted in the 34th North Carolina Infantry Regiment in August 1861, and participated in every engagement up through Gettysburg. There he participated in the famous "Pickett's Charge".

    It is unclear if he resigned in August of 1863 or served throughout the rest of the war.

    After the war he settled in Columbia North Carolina and died in 1892.

    Andrew's brother, Lewis Walker Pennington served with distinction in the U.S. Navy participating in blockade duty and served in several battles along the Mississippi and Texas...including the Battle of Sabine Pass, Texas. Lewis was commander of the Mortar Frigate Henry James. 

    On a recent trip to Columbia, North Carolina, I found the Pennington Graveyard. It is in much disrepair and I am enquiring to see if the plot can be preserved. The last burial there was of Lewis Walker Pennington, Andrew's son in about 1933.  

The three words on the scroll of the Coats of Arms are "Vincit amor patriae"

"Vincit amor patriae" means "The love of my country prevails" or "Love of Country Conquers" which is the United States Army 28th Infantry Regiment's motto.   "Vincent amor patriae laudumque immensa cupido" means "The love of my country exceeds everything."

The following motto appears in English above the mountain cat of the original Baron Muncaster Crest.  "Firm, Vigilant, Active" -Virg. AEn. vi. 823 v. Muncaster b. Pennington

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