★★★ Armistead, Francis Stanley

Francis Stanley “Frank” Armistead


Born: April 1835

Birthplace: Upperville, Virginia

Father: Colonel Walker Keith Armistead 1785 – 1845
(Buried: Armistead Family Cemetery, Upperville, Virginia)​

Mother: Elizabeth Stanly Armistead 1791 – 1861
(Buried: Armistead Family Cemetery, Upperville, Virginia)​


1856: Graduated from West Point Military Academy (34th​ in class)​

Occupation before War:

1856: Brevet 2nd​ Lt. of United States Army, Infantry​
1856 – 1861: 2nd​ Lt. United States Army, 10th​ Infantry Regiment​
1856 – 1857: Frontier Duty at Fort Ridgely, Minnesota​
1857 – 1861: Served on the Utah Expedition​
1859 – 1860: Provost Marshal in Utah Expedition​
1860 – 1861: Leave of Absence from United States Army​
1861: 1st​ Lt. United States Army, 10th​ Infantry Regiment​
1861: Resigned from United States Army on June 14th​

Civil War Career:

1861: 1st​ Lt. In the Confederate States Regular Army​
1862: Assistant Adjutant for Armistead's Brigade​
1862: Wounded during the Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia​
1862: Appointed Lt. Colonel 21st​Georgia Infantry never joined them​

1863 – 1864: Assistant Adjutant to Lt. General Theophilus H. Holmes​
1864 – 1865: Colonel of 1st​ North Carolina Junior Reserves Regiment​
1865: Commander of North Carolina Junior Reserves Brigade​
1865: May have been considered for promotion as General​

1865: Paroled by the Union Army on May 2, 1865

Occupation after War:

Hotel Clerk in Wheeling, West Virginia​
Torpedo Agent in West Virginia​
1886 – 1889: Lived in Lakeland Mental Hospital while being insane​

Died: April 18, 1889

Place of Death: Central Lunatic Asylum, Louisville, Kentucky

Age at time of Death: 54 years old

Cause of Death: Insanity

Burial Place: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky
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Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
I have no clue why he ended up in a lunatic asylum. I know Thomas Benton Smith ended up in one due to a brain injury caused by Colonel McMillen, and Col. John G. Coltart also ended up in one, but don't know why.
Maybe Franck despaired over the loss of life in the war and the loss of his brother Lo. I wonder if more info is out there, but from what I found way back, nothing really has come up.