Tuesday, July 9, 2013

General Lewis Armistead

  General Lewis "Lo" Armistead was one of the leading Generals in the Pickett-Pettigrew Charge. His brigade didn't arrive on the battlefield until late on the afternoon of July 2nd. He was a career soldier and a close personal friend of Union General Winfield Scott Hancock. Hancock commanded the Union forces on Cemetery Ridge. Armistead could be seen leading the attack with his hat on his sword. His brigade penetrated the Union lines but there were no reserves to exploit the break. This was the farthest that any Confederates were able to penetrate and it was called the "High Water Mark". Armistead was wounded three times and his wounds were not considered life threatening but he died a few days later of infection.

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