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Facts, information and articles about Lewis Armistead, a Civil War General during the American Civil War

Lewis Armistead Facts


February 18, 1817 New Bern, North Carolina


July 5, 1863 (aged 46) Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Years Of Service

1839–61 (USA)
1861–63 (CSA)


Captain (USA)
Brigadier General (CSA)


Mexican-American War
Battle of Chapultepec
Mohave War
Battle of the Colorado River
American Civil War
Battle of Seven Pines
Seven Days Battles
Battle of Malvern Hill
Battle of Fredericksburg
Battle of Gettysburg

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Lewis Armistead summary: Lewis Addison Armistead (1817 -1863) born to Walker Keith Armistead and Elizabeth Stanley Armistead and was of English decent. He attended the United States Military Academy but was soon dismissed for allegedly breaking a plate over the head of one of a fellow cadet, Jubal Early. He managed to join the 6th U.S. Infantry through his influential father, who he also fought under during the Seminole War. He then went to battle in the Mexican-American War where he was decorated for his bravery.

Lewis Armistead In The Civil War

As the Civil War broke, Armistead resigned from the U.S. Army in May 1861. He then became a colonel of the 57th Virginia Infantry. The following year, Armistead became a brigadier general in Pickets Division. He led his brigade in the Battle of Malvern Hill and achieved victories at Fredricksburg and Chancellorsville.

His actions during Pickett’s Charge on the 3rd day of the Battle of Gettysburg is where Armistead is mostly remembered for. He fixed his hat on the tip of his sword and waved it in the air as he led his men toward the fortified Union Center. They reached a stone wall known as the Angle and were overwhelmed by the Union forces. He was shot three times and taken to a hospital where he died three days later aged just 46.

The surgeon who tended to Armistead’s wounds had expected him to survive. He said the wounds were found in the fleshy part of the arm and just below his knee. The wounds were not fatal. The chief surgeon wrote the death “was not from his wounds directly, but from secondary fever and prostration”.


Articles Featuring Lewis Armistead From History Net Magazines

Ever Heard a Real Rebel Yell?: August/September 2009Many Union soldiers wrote about the soul-chilling yells of attacking Confederates. Thanks to the Museum of the Confederacy, you can hear the real thing on a CD featuring the authentic yell as performed by two elderly Confederate veterans. The two voices have also been multiplied and blended to simulate the terrifying sound of a regiment …
Letters from Readers — January 2007 America’s Civil WarFiring the First Shot Regarding the July issue, I especially liked Dana Shoaf’s editorial about the Wisler house and J.D. Petruzzi’s fine article on the first shot at Gettysburg. Like countless others, I’ve risked life and limb to climb the steep little road berm to pay my respects to the 8th Illinois marker. I couldn’t …
Battle of ShepherdstownThe savage little Battle of Shepherdstown made for a bloody coda to the 1862 Maryland campaign.
Life at West Point of Future Professional American Civil War OfficersWhether they spent their energy studying or sneaking off to Benny Havens's tavern, the future professional officers of the Civil War left West Point with enough stories for a lifetime -- and an enduring common bond.
Nothing But Glory Gained – Account of Pickett’s Charge at GettysburgJust before 3 o’clock on the morning of July 3, 1863, Robert E. Lee rose by starlight, ate a spartan breakfast with his staff, and mounted his famous gray horse, Traveller, for the ride up Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg. He went in search of his "Old War Horse," Lieutenant General James Longstreet, commander of I …
The Proving Ground – April ’96 Civil War Times FeaturethePROVINGground The Mexican War gave future civil war generals their first taste of combatJOHN C. WAUGH Chatham Roberdeau Wheat would one day lead a famous Louisiana battalion called “Wheat’s Tigers” into battle for the Confederacy. He would fight and die in the Battle of Gaines’ Mill, Virginia, in 1862. But that was still some 15 …
Mexican War: The Proving Ground for Future American Civil War GeneralsFor young American army officers of the time, the Mexican War was not only the road to glory, it was the road to promotion--a proving ground for future Civil War generals.

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