Pitt County, North Carolina
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||North Carolina militia|
|Years of service||1776-1781|
|Unit||New Bern District Minutemen, Pitt County Regiment, 4th North Carolina Regiment, 8th North Carolina Regiment|
|Commands held||4th North Carolina Regiment|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Stono Ferry|
Revolutionary War service
- 1776-1781, 8th North Carolina Regiment, Captain in the New Bern District Minutemen, then Pitt County Regiment of the North Carolina militia
- November 26, 1776, Commissioned a Colonel
- June 1, 1778, commander of 4th North Carolina Regiment
- June 20, 1779, wounded at the Battle of Stono Ferry in South Carolina
- January 1781, retired on half pay
- 1781, appointed Brig. Gen. (Pro Tempore) for very short while when the NC General Assembly thought (incorrectly) that BG William Caswell had resigned.
Post war years
Armstrong was active in politics after the war
- 1782, Commissioner of Confiscated Property for the District of New Bern
- 1784, elected by the North Carolina General Assembly of October 1784 to serve as a member of the North Carolina Council of State
- 1788 to 1790, served in the North Carolina House of Commons
- November 1789, represented Pitt County at the Fayetteville North Carolina Constitutional convention
- 1794, died in Pitt County, family left the area
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