Lewis Addison Armistead


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Lewis Addison Armistead was born at New Bern, North Carolina, February 18, 1817. He was a cadet at West Point from 1834 to 1836 and, as the story runs, was dismissed for breaking a mess hall plate over the head of Jubal Anderson Early. Appointed to the regular army in 1839, he was twice brevetted for gallantry in Mexico, and resigned on May 26, 1861, as captain (and brevet major) of the 6th Infantry. In the Confederate service Armistead was commissioned colonel of the 57th Virginia Infantry, which he commanded for a few months in Western Virginia and North Carolina. He was promoted brigadier general on April 1, 1862. At this time he was given command of a brigade in Pickett's division, which he led with conspicuous bravery from the Peninsular campaign until Gettysburg. On the third day of the latter battle in the final assault on the Union center, Armistead's brigade formed the second rank of the division, supporting Garnett and Kemper.  In company with a handful of men, he scaled the stone wall and drove the Union gunners from their pieces. He fell mortally wounded with his hand on a captured cannon, and as the Confederate tide receded, was taken by the enemy. He died in a Federal field hospital, July 5, 1863. His body was recovered by friends, who took it to Baltimore for burial in St. Paul's Churchyard.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.