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Lewis Addison Armistead
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Military Personnel
    (February 18, 1817-July 5, 1863)
    Accepted to West Point (March 21, 1833)
    Resigned from West Point (January 29, 1836)
    Assigned to the 6th U.S. Infantry Regiment as a Second Lieutenant (1839)
    Served in Mexican war (1845-1848)
    Resigned from U.S. Army to join the Confederate Army (May 26, 1861)
    Served in American Civil war in the battles of Seven Pines, Seven Days, Sharpsburg, and the Suffolk Campaign (1861-1863)
    Served at the battle of Gettysburg (July, 1863)
    Died in battle at Gettysburg (July 3, 1863)
    He was forced to resign West Point Military Academy for hitting classmate (future Confederate General Jubal Early) over the head with a mess hall tray.
    Despite his dishonor at West Point he went on to serve in the U.S Army due to the influences of his Father, a General and his Uncle, a Congressman.
    He was a free mason.
    He fought for the side that supported slavery.
    He lost two children, two wives, his family's home to fire and suffered a severe illness, within 6 years.
    He was forced to battle his closest friends, including Winfield Scott Hancock.
    He was appointed Major upon joining the Confederate forces at Richmond (September 1861). Two weeks later he ascended to full Colonel and command of the 57th Virginian Infantry Regiment.
    Within that year he was promoted to Brigadier General.
    He was fatally wounded in a suicide mission, but managed to breach the Union lines.
    His push at Gettysburg would be the most Northerly push made by the Confederacy during the Civil war.
    His dying thoughts were of his friends Winfield Scott and Elmira Hancock.
    He left instructions that should he fall, his most prized possession (a family bible) was to be forwarded to Elmira Hancock.
    He was a descendant of George Armistead, who guarded the original Star Spangled Banner.

Credit: New Zealand History X

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