Joseph F. Armstrong was born in New Albany, Ind., January 30, 1844, and was a son of Archibald and Mary E. (Brown) Armstrong, both deceased. He was happily married, April 13, 1873, in this county to Laura E. Tyler who was born near Georgetown, Ind., Oct. 7, 1853. Her parents, David and Catherine (Richards) Tyler are still spared. One child was the result of this union: Joseph. Comrade Armstrong was a jeweler living in Harrison County, Ind., when the war broke out and enlisted Feb. 17, 1862, at Bowling Green, Ky. for three years, at the age of 18 years. He entered the ranks of Co. D, 4th O. Cav., Army of the Cumberland as a private. He was one of a line of couriers, stationed between Nashville and Huntington in the spring of 1862; he was captured while on duty, May 14, 1862, at Fayetteville, Tennessee; he was held at Macon, Georgia, was then sent to Richmond where he was held until paroled and exchanged. He was held in Camp hospital several times on account of sickness; after his release from prison, he was treated in hospital at Georgetown, D.C., for consumption and chronic diarrhea. He remained in this hospital until granted an honorable discharge Dec. 19, 1862, being unfit for further field service. During his enlistment he participated, mostly in scouting and skirmishing. He had two brothers in the service, David A., in Co. D. 13th Ind. Cav., and Benjamin in the same command. His grandfather, Archibald Armstrong, served in the Indian war, was wounded and died on the way home. His wife’s grandfather, Isaac Richards, served in the Seminole war under Gen. Jackson. Comrade Armstrong is in receipt of a pension, he is a jeweler and he resides in Georgetown, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike