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Walker Keith Armistead, (USA)

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Birthplace: Bowling Green, Caroline, Virginia
Death: Died in Upperville, Fauquier, Virginia
Place of Burial: Fauquier Co., Va
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bowles Armistead and Lucy Page Armistead
Husband of Elizabeth Armistead (Stanly)
Father of Brig. General Lewis "Lo" Armistead (CSA); Betty Armistead; Virginia Armistead; Francis Armistead; Bowles Armistead and 1 other
Brother of William Armistead; John Baylor Armistead; Lucy Baylor Armistead; Addison Bowles Armistead; Lt. Col. George Armistead, USA and 2 others

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About Walker Keith Armistead, (USA)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_Keith_Armistead

Walker Keith Armistead (1785 – October 13, 1845) was a military officer who served as Chief of Engineers of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

He was born in Virginia. During the War of 1812, he was successively Chief Engineer of the Niagara frontier army and the forces defending Chesapeake Bay. He was promoted to colonel and Chief Engineer on November 12, 1818. When the Army was reorganized on June 1, 1821, he became commander of the 3d Artillery. He was brevetted brigadier general in 1828. He succeeded Zachary Taylor as commander of the army during the Second Seminole War against the Seminole Indians in Florida in 1840–1841.

Armistead died in Upperville, Virginia.

His brother George Armistead commanded Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. The attack became immortalized by onlooker Francis Scott Key who penned The Star Spangled Banner while watching the British bombardment of Armistead's fort.

His son Lewis Addison Armistead was a Confederate general who died during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

-------------------- Walker Keith Armistead, Chief Engineer

Chief Engineer

(November 12, 1818-June 1, 1821)

Born in Virginia in 1785, Walker Armistead was named a cadet in the Corps of Artillerists and Engineers by President Jefferson in 1801. On March 5, 1803, he became the third graduate of the new Military Academy and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. He served as superintending engineer of the defenses of New Orleans and Norfolk. During the War of 1812, he was successively Chief Engineer of the Niagara frontier army and the forces defending Chesapeake Bay. He was promoted to colonel and Chief Engineer on November 12, 1818. When the Army was reorganized on June 1, 1821, he became commander of the 3d Artillery. He was brevetted brigadier general in 1828. He commanded the United States troops that opposed the Seminole Indians in Florida in 1840-41. He died in Upperville, Virginia, October 13, 1845. (Source: http://www.hq.usace.army.mil/history/coe.htm#8)

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W. K. Armistead Tombstone

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Armistead Family Cemetery, Upperville, Fauquier County, Virginia. Tombstone reads: Brevet Brigadier General Walker Keith Armistead, Colonel of the U.S. 3d Regiment of Artillery, Son of John and Lucy Baylor Armistead of Caroline County Virginia, Born 25th March 1773 an died 13th October 1845

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Armistead Brothers - War of 1812 From the speech by Rev. James E. Poindexter at the presentation of the portrait of Lewis A. Armistead to R.E. Camp No. 1, C.V., Richmond, Virginia, January 29, 1909 (http://www.gdg.org/Research/People/Armistead/armi st1.html):

The Armistead family, coming direct from England, settled in Virginia in 1636, and became ere long a family of soldiers. Five brothers, three of them in the regular army, took part in the war of 1812. Col. George Armistead, the oldest of the five, defended Fort McHenry. The flag which waved over it during the bombardment, which Key immortalized as the "Star Spangled Banner," was long guarded as a sacred heir-loom by his descendants. It is now laid up in the National Museum. A second brother, Lewis Gustavus Adolphus, named for the Swedish hero, "The Lion of the North," fell at Fort Erie. Walker Keith Armistead, the father of our old chief, graduated at West Point in 1803, fought in Canada, closed the Seminole war, and was, when he died in 1845, second in command in the regular army. Miss Stanley, who became his wife, was a native of the old North State, and so it happened that Lewis A. Armistead was born at Newbern, N. C., in 1817.

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Fire in Virginia at WK and EF Armistead's Home

Fire in Virginia. Ben Lomond, near Upperville, Va., the residence of the late General Walker K. Armistead, and since occupied by his widow, accidentally caught fire on Sunday night last, and was burned down. All the furniture was consumed.

Source: Fire in Virginia (News Article)

Date: 1852-06-24; Paper: Sun (Maryland)

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Brig. Gen. Walker Keith Armistead, USA's Timeline

1783
March 25, 1783
Bowling Green, Caroline, Virginia
1817
February 18, 1817
Age 33
1827
1827
Age 43
1829
1829
Age 45
1835
1835
Age 51
1838
1838
Age 54
1845
October 13, 1845
Age 62
Upperville, Fauquier, Virginia
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Fauquier Co., Va