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ARMSTRONG CIVIL WAR LETTERS
Edward Hall Armstrong, the son of Thomas James Armstrong and Martha Ann Wilson, was born 10 May 1841 in Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC. He was baptized on 24 Jun 1841 at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a student at the University at Chapel Hill (North Carolina) and left the University to enlist. He enlisted in Company G of the Third Regiment of N. C. Troops, C.S.A., born in Wilmington, Age 21, 5 feet, 9 inches high, dark complexion, grey eyes, dark hair and by occupation a farmer. He was enlisted for the War by Captain E. H. Rhodes in the C.S.A on 1 Feb 1862. Appointed Sgt 10 Feb 1862 and promoted to lst Sg 10 Apr 1862. Appointed 2nd Lt 1 Jul 1862 and appointed to Capt 17 Sep 1862. He participated in the Seven Days Battle at Richmond, the Battle of Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Mine Run. Present and accounted for until wounded at Horseshoe, Spottsylvania Courthouse, Virgina 12 May 1864. Died of wounds 7 Jun 1864. He never married. Captain Edward Hall Armstrong is buried in the Armstrong Graveyard, the last homeplace of his father, Thomas James Armstrong, Swans Point, Pender County, North Carolina.
Obituary from the Wilmington Daily Journal, Saturday, 23 Jul 1864 -
Departed this life on the 6th of June, of wounds received on the 12th of May, in the engagement near Spottsylvania C. H., Capt. EDWARD HALL ARMSTRONG, of the 3rd Regiment, N. C. Troops, aged 23 years and 26 days.
In the fall of this noble youth is strinkingly exemplified the saying, "Death loves a shining mark." His departure adds another to the lengthened catalogue of the truly generous, highminded, free-will, offerings placed upon the altar of our country's liberty.
In the Summer of 1862 he espoused his country's cause by active service in the field; and from that time until the fatal 12th of May, 1864, he with comrads in arms have been ever in the thickest of the fray.
Both the campaigns in Maryland witnessed his heroic bearing, his exposure admist danger and death, and his fortunate excape unharmed. But after wearing an apparently charmed life admist the missiles of death, for three years, he was destined, in the mysterious providence of God, to receive his "last furlough" admidst the disasters of the 12th of May. Edward Hall Armstrong was a paragon of manly beauty, and of purity and loveliness of character.
It might be truly said, "none saw him but to admire, none knew him but to love."
It is difficult to conceive of the noble from as crumbling again to dust; and indeed it is more graeful, as well as more natural to regard the true Edward Armstrong, not as resting in the silent grave, but as having ascended far above the din and discord, pain and anguish of this "cruel war," and entered into the haven of eternal peace.
Let those who mourn their own temporary loss, reflect upon his eternal gain, and let them anticipate a happy reunion with him in "the beautiful world."
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