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ARMISTEAD, Lewis Addison, soldier, born in Newbern, North Carolina, 18 February 1817; died at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 3 July 1863. He was a son of General Walker Keith Armistead. He entered West Point in 1834, but left it in 1836. He was appointed second lieutenant in the 6th infantry 10 July 1839, became first lieutenant in March 1844, and received brevets for gallantry at Contreras, Churubusco, Molino del Rey, and Chapultepec in 1847. Promoted to be captain 3 March 1855, he rendered good service in Indian warfare, but resigned at the beginning of the civil war, and with much reluctance entered the confederate service, receiving a Brigadier-General's commission in 1862. He was wounded at Antietam, 17 September of that year. At Gettysburg he was one of the few in Pickett's division who nearly reached the federal lines in the desperate charge made on the third day, was mortally wounded, and died a prisoner.
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