Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: Beaten By Life

Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: Beaten By Life

Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead: Beaten By Life

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“The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, ‘Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?’” ~Exodus 2:13 NIV

Brigadier General Lewis Addison Armistead was a Confederate Brigadier General who led Pickett’s charge during the final battle at Gettysburg. Armistead had years earlier befriended Union Major General Winfield Scott Hancock – and they shared much of each other’s journey as US soldiers before the war.

Armistead married in 1844, six years later, both his wife and daughter passed away. In the next two years later his home burned down while deployed, and while on leave to help his family, he married again. Soon after, death once again returned to his doorstep and took his second wife and their newborn son.

Armistead is most often remembered for his actions at Gettysburg.  On the third day of the battle, He led his brigade as part of Pickett’s Charge. Witness recall him “fixing his hat on the point of sword so his soldiers could see him, urging them to ‘remember what you are fighting for – your homes, your friends, your sweethearts!’”  Armistead and a handful of his men were able to cross the stone wall ahead of the Union line at a place called “The Angle”, despite sustaining mortal injuries to which he would succumb two days later. The point at which Armistead fell next to a Union battery is considered to be the “High-Water Mark” or the furthest point Confederate advance in the North. Before passing away, Armistead asked Union soldiers to call for General Hancock, he wished to give him his lasting valuables, a token of their relationship as soldiers, friends, and opponents.

“You have taken from me friend and neighbor-darkness is my closest friend.” (Psalm 88:18 NIV). As Kingdom Men, we may find ourselves at odds with our friends and family. We may find ourselves in circumstances where life has beaten us down and left us wounded. In those situations, we must offer our rally cry through prayer. We must call on the Lord, He will never forget what He is fighting for.

Training: Do you feel beaten down by relentless strife and grief? Are you taking it out or venting in the wrong ways, when you should be praying and letting a brother come alongside you to lift that burden? Make it known to God and He will help you. Spend time in His presence and in His word. Ask Him to bring men into your life to lift you up out of despair, depression, and false ego.

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