Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead


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Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead

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A half-body portrait engraving of Confederate Brigadier General
Lewis Addison Armistead in uniform

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Brigadier General Lewis Addison Armistead "Lo"
(1817 - 1863)
Home State: Virginia
Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY
Command Billet: Brigade Commander
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: Armistead's Brigade
On the Campaign-At Sharpsburg "Armistead saw limited action. In early September, while serving in the Confederate division commanded by Major General Richard H. Anderson, Armistead was appointed Provost Marshal of the Army of Northern Virginia. He served on this assignment until September 26, 1862, and from all accounts, his brigade remained with him as his guard for the task."

"Brought in at Sharpsburg, his brigade arrived on the field on the morning of September 17, but instead of joining their division near the sunken road were held back in support of McLaw's Division near the Dunker Church. Here the troops of the Union Second Army Corps had been beaten off, and Armistead's men were needed to shore up the Confederate defenses in the area. Uncomfortable at being held in reserve, Armistead stood in front of the brigade anxiously awaiting the call for battle. Incredibly, a stray cannon ball rolled over the hill and struck him on the foot, thereby putting him out of action. Although not seriously injured he was compelled to relinquish his command to Colonel James G. Hodges and leave the field."

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