- Gene A. Smith
Armistead, George (10 April 1780–25 April 1818), soldier, was born on the Baylor estate of “Newmarket” in Caroline County, Virginia, the son of John Armistead and Lucy Baylor, farmers. Details of his early life remain vague. Commissioned an ensign in the Seventh Infantry Regiment in January 1799, by May 1800 he had been promoted to first lieutenant. He was given an honorable discharge on 15 June 1800, however, because of reductions in the military establishment....