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Lewis A. Armistead

Date of Birth:      February 18, 1817
Hometown:         New Bern, NC
Education:           West Point (did not graduate)
Final Wartime Rank:    Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     July 5, 1863
Place of Death:    Gettysburg, PA
Buried At:           Baltimore, MD

Major Battles:        Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg

Interesting Fact(s):    Armistead, was accepted to West Point, in 1834.  He would leave, due to fighting, with future CS Lieutenant General Jubal Early, in 1836.  Starting his Civil War military career, as colonel of the 57th Virginia Infantry, Armistead would participate in many of the early battles, with the Army of Northern Virginia.  Promoted brigadier general, in the spring of 1862, he would command a brigade in George Pickett's division, of James Longstreet's 1st Corps.  A brave fighter, and leader, Armistead would lead his brigade, in Pickett's failed charge, against the Union defenses at Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, PA.  Armistead, leading his brigade, with his hat, on the tip of his sword, would be mortally wounded, immediately after piercing the Union defenses.  He wounding would be within a few yards of his longtime friend, US Major General Winfield S. Hancock, also wounded this same day.  He would die two days later.

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