ARMSTRONG, GEORGE W. (1837~1905) George W. Armstrong, a private in the Confederate Army was born in Ohio in 1837. Nothing is known of his early life. He was mustered into service May 16, 1861 in New Orleans for a period of one year. He belonged to Company A of the 1st Texas Infantry. Records show Armstrong was in the hospital in Richmond, Virginia for a brief time, but returned to service. Later records say he was wounded at Sharpsburg, Maryland in September of 1862. Eighty-two percent of his unit was killed at Sharpsburg. After his injury, he returned to Texas on furlough. He appears in records again in November of 1862 where he was detailed in Iron Works. Were not sure where in Texas he was and what his actual duties involved, but we believe Iron Works to be a place where military supplies were made. It is uncertain how long he served at this post.
After the war, Armstrong made a living as a miller. When he applied for a confederate pension September of 1902, he was a widower. We are unable to locate any information regarding his family. He was admitted to the Confederate Home February 10, 1898 and discharged on his request October 22, 1902. At the time he listed his residence as Avinger, Texas. That is where his only listed correspondent, a Mrs. M.L. McCain also lived; their relation in not known. Armstrong came back to the Confederate Home August 1, 1903 and died September 26, 1905. He was then buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Information from: Compiled military records, Confederate Pension Application, Confederate Home Roster, death certificate, and the National Park Service website at itd.nps.gov.