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Armstead Armstrong Civil War letter

Armstead Armstrong Civil War letter

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Finding aid for the Armstead Armstrong Civil War letter

BC.MSS.13.36

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

February 4, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Armstrong, Armstead, 1842-1862
Title: Armstead Armstrong Civil War letter
Dates: September 8, 1861
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a letter written by Private Armstead Armstrong of the 6th Arkansas Infantry to his uncle.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.36
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-1336

Arrangement

This collection is contained in two files.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains a letter written by Private Armstead Armstrong of the 6th Arkansas Infantry to his uncle.


Biographical Information

In 1860 Armstead Armstrong lived in Marion Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas, with the family of Joseph and Catherine Armstrong Scott. He was listed in the census as a student. He was among the nearly 1300 men from Ouachita County who joined military units even as Arkansas was still officially deciding to leave the Union. Armstrong joined the Camden City Guards, which was led by Captain Samuel H. Southerland of Camden. The company was officially mustered in at Little Rock on May 24, 1861, as Company H of the 6th Arkansas Infantry.

The unit marched to Pocahontas, Arkansas, arriving there on June 19 to join other Arkansas units under the command of Brigadier General William J. Hardee. The 6th Arkansas Infantry officially transferred to the Confederate Army on July 26, 1861. The one year commitment the men had made to Arkansas was transferred to the Confederate Army.

As Armstrong discusses in this letter, his company participated in a raid led by Hardee into Missouri. The raid was aborted due to disagreement between Hardee, Brigadier General M. Jeff Thompson and General Gideon Pillow.

In the fall of 1861, the unit was moved to Southeast Missouri and then to Barren County, Kentucky, for the winter. The regiment took part in the Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee. Following that battle, the brigade was moved to Corinth, Mississippi. Armstead Armstrong died in May 1862.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Armstrong, Armstead, 1842-1862
Confederate States of America. Army. Arkansas Infantry Regiment, 6th.
Hardee, William Joseph, 1815-1873
Ironton (Mo.)
Pillow, Gideon Johnson, 1806-1878
Pitman's Ferry (Ark.)
Thompson, Meriwether Jeff, 1826-1876
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Armstead Armstrong Civil War letter, MSS.13.36, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, June 11, 1013


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