Union Army General Winfield Scott Hancock, who played a key role in the fighting between the North and South never made it farther west than Arizona. . Armistead died in Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, which Hancock. Armistead (left) and Hancock (right) were good friends for 17 years and but this did not cause bitter feelings between them as they planned to. Lewis Addison Armistead (February 18, – July 5, ) was a career United States Army Between and Armistead served at posts on the Smokey Hill River in Kansas Accounts say that in a farewell party before leaving to join the Confederate army, Armistead told Hancock, "Goodbye; you can never know.
In the Armistead family home in Virginia burned, destroying nearly everything.
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Armistead took leave in October to go home and help his family. The new Armistead family traveled from post to post in Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas. The couple had one child, Lewis B.
He was promoted to captain on March 3, Inhis 6th Infantry Regiment was sent as part of the reinforcements sent to Utah in the aftermath of the Utah War.
Not being required there, they were sent to California with the intention of sending them on to Washington Territory.
However, a Mohave attack on civilians on the Beale Wagon Road diverted his regiment to the southern deserts along the Colorado River to participate in The Mojave Expedition of William Hoffmanat the head of a column of six companies of infantry, two of dragoons, and some artillery, struggled up the Colorado River from Fort Yuma.
On April 23,Colonel Hoffman dictated a peace to the overawed Mohave chiefs, threatening annihilation to the tribe if they did not cease hostilities, make no opposition to the establishment of posts and roads through their country, and allow travel free from their harassment. Hoffman also took some of their leading men or family members hostage. Afterward he left for San Bernardinotaking most of his force with him; others went down river by steamboat or overland to Fort Tejon.
Captain Armistead was left with two infantry companies and the column's artillery to garrison Hoffman's encampment at Beale's Crossing on the east bank of the Colorado River, Camp Colorado. Armistead renamed the post Fort Mojave.
In late June the Mohave hostages escaped from Fort Yuma.
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Trouble broke out with the Mohave a few weeks later when they stole stock from a mail station that had been established two miles south of Fort Mojave, and attacked it. Mohaves tore up melons planted by the soldiers near the fort, and the soldiers shot a Mohave who was working in a garden. Eventually after a few weeks of aggressive patrolling and skirmishes, Armistead attacked the Mohave who returned fire in a battle between about 50 soldiers and Mohave, resulting in three soldiers wounded.
Twenty-three Mohave bodies were found but more were killed and wounded and removed by the Mohave. Following this defeat, the Mohave made a peace, which they kept from then on.
The wall behind the monument marks the Union lines. Accounts say that in a farewell party before leaving to join the Confederate army, Armistead told Hancock, "Goodbye; you can never know what this has cost me.
He served in the western part of Virginia, but soon returned to the east and the Army of Northern Virginia. He was a career soldier and Infantry officer, a graduate of West Point Class of He served in Mexico and held numerous positions. Hancock and his wife Almira became fast friends with the widowed Virginian.
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Between his academic difficulties and the fight with Early he resigned from the Academy. However, his father helped him obtain a commission as an Infantry officer in As the war clouds built and various southern states seceded from the Union numerous officers from the South were torn between their oath, their friendships and their deep loyalty to their home states and families. In the end most Southern officers resigned their commissions, many with mixed feelings and quite often sadness.
A minority of southern born officers remained loyal to the Union.
The Friendship of General Hancock and Armistead
For those southern officers who remained loyal to the Union to was often at a great personal cost. He and others were pilloried and demonized in the basest ways by many in the South.
Some Southerners who served the Union were executed when they were captured. As talk of secession and war heated up officers stationed on the frontier debated the issues and asked each other what they would do if war came.
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In California Armistead and other officers asked Hancock, who was a Democrat and not openly hostile to the South, advice on what he would do if war came.
They had helped in following the death of both of his wives and children. Armistead did not endear himself to many of the volunteer officers who served in the Confederate ranks. At Gettysburg Armistead spoke his fears to his comrades. During the engagement Garnett was killed just before reaching the Union lines and Hancock gravely wounded. Armistead, lead the remnants of his decimated brigade to the Stone Wall, near the Copse of Trees.
He rallied his troops fearing that some were faltering calling out: Who will follow me? It was then that he met more Federal troops who unleashed a volley of musket fire that cut down many of the survivors. Bingham, a Mason noticed that Armistead was making a Masonic sign of distress.