John W Armstrong

BirthFeb. 29, 1844
DeathAug. 2, 1929
CemeteryPonca (Ponca)
PostStoneman (Ponca)
Unit48th Illinois Infantry, Company H

Private John W Armstrong

Company H, 48th Illinois Infantry

Armstrong was born on February 29, 1844. He was residing in Mount Carmel (Wabash County), Illinois when he enlisted on February 20, 1864. The 20-year old enlisted for 3 years and was mustered in the unit on March 7, 1864. He served about 17 months and was mustered out of the regiment on August 15, 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas.

Armstrong joined the outfit while the unit was involved in the Atlanta (GA) Campaign during the summer of 1864. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and military campaigns. Some of them include:

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Pursuit of General Hood (AL) (October 1-26, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Armstrong died on August 2, 1929 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Ponca Cemetery in Ponca (Dixon County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Stoneman Post (#116) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Ponca.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.