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ARMSTRONG, Robert, soldier, born in east Tennessee in 1790; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 23 February 1854. He commanded a company of Tennessee artillery under Jackson in the Creek war of 1813-'14 with distinguished bravery. At the battle of Talladega, Alabama, 24 January 1814, he was dangerously wounded, but recovered, and again distinguished himself at the battle of New Orleans, and in 1836, as Brigadier-General, commanded the Tennessee mounted volunteers at the battle of Wahoo swamp. He was postmaster at Nashville from 1829 to 1845, when he was sent as consul to Liverpool, remaining until 1852. He subsequently became the proprietor and editor of the "Washington Union," and was the confidential adviser of Mr. Polk during his presidency. General Jackson bequeathed to him his sword.
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