Thursday, February 03, 2011

George Armistead.

George Armistead. 

Birth: Apr. 10, 1780, Caroline County, Virginia.
Death: Apr. 25, 1818, Baltimore city, Maryland.
Burial: Old Saint Pauls Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore city, Maryland.

United States Army Officer. Served as Major and commander of Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland. He was in command of the Fort during the War of 1812 when the British unsuccessfully attempted to force its capitulation by an naval artillery bombardment. The attack was witnessed by Francis Scott Key, who immortalized it in the words of "The Star Spangled Banner". Major Armistead was the uncle of Civil War Confederate General Lewis Armistead, who is buried next to him.

Military service.

Appointed from Virginia.
2nd., Lieutenant, 7th., Infantry, Jan. 8, 1799.
1st., Lieutenant May 14, 1800.
Transferred to Artillery engineers, Feb. 16, 1801.
Transferred to Artillery, April 1802.
Captain, Nov. 1, 1806.
Major 3rd., Artillery, March 3, 1813.
Transferred to Corps Artillery, May 12, 1814.
Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, for gallant conduct in the defense of Ft. McHenry.

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