Armstrong’s Cavalry Company
(from Dunbar Rowland’s “Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898”; company listing courtesy of H. Grady Howell’s “For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand’)
A company organized by Capt. F. M. Armstrong, of men under 18 and over 45 years of age. Ordered from Cotton Gin May 15, 1864, to report at Aberdeen for provost duty.
A copy of that order, contained in Capt. Armstrong’s reply to Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest regarding same, is extracted here from the Official Records of the War of Northern Aggression:
“COTTON-GIN, Miss., May 20, 1864.
GENERAL: I am in receipt of your order of 12th instant, received yesterday; and also in receipt of an order from General Lee, of the 15th instant. The following is a true copy of General Lee's order:
‘SPECIAL ORDERS No 7.
DEPARTMENT OF ALA., MISS., AND EAST LA.,
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V. Capt. F. M. Armstrong will report with his unattached cavalry company to Lieut. Col. M. T. Polk, commanding post Aberdeen, for provost duty.
By command of Major-General Lee:
P. ELLIS, JR.,
Nothing would give me more pleasure than to report to you for duty but I have been instructed to obey the latter order, as my company is made up entirely of men between seventeen and eighteen and forty-five and fifty years.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
F. M. ARMSTRONG,
Captain, Commanding Company.”