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Col James Boydston Armstrong
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Birth: Aug. 29, 1824
Stark County
Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 15, 1900
Sonoma County
California, USA

Lt.Col. James Boydston Armstrong was Lt.Col. of the 95th Ohio Infantry at the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky. He was captured and his amazing story of escape was related by an army correspondent in the Cincinnati Gazette shortly thereafter. Col. Armstrong was later C.O. of the 134th Ohio Infantry in Virginia. He will be honored at a Veteran's Administration grave marker dedication ceremony on 30 October 2004 in the Old Rural Cemetery, Santa Rosa, Sonoma Co., California. This is co-sponsored by the SUVCW camp and the cemetery committee. He was very prominent locally in the later 1800's and will also be honored for these contribtions and the act he is now the senior ranking civil war veteran in the cemetery out of about 165 veterans and replaces Lt.Col. John G. Pressley, C.O. 1862-1864 of the 25th South Carolina Infantry. SCOURCE: Charles Christian, pcc/SUVCW and cemetery docent.<
James B. Armstrong enlisted 2 May 1864 as a Colonel. Residence not stated.

On 6 May 1864 he was commissioned into Field & Staff Ohio 134th Infantry. He was mustered out on 31 August 1864 at Camp Chase, Ohio.

Federal Pension Information:
He applied for a pension on 11 February 1892 from the state of California, application #992,067.
His widow (Jessie V. Armstrong) applied for a pension on 11 October 1916 from the state of California #1,079,526.
SCOURCES: Historical Data Systems, Inc., P.O. Box #35, Duxbury, Ma. 02331 >< Their sources were: [1] Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio.
[2] National Archives: Index to Federal Pension Records.
[3] Research by Charles Christian.
In 1874 Armstrong relocated in Sonoma Co., California from Ohio. Armstrong's business ventures were many, and one of them involved him in the Guerneville Lumber boom. He logged and also operated a sawmill site north of Guerneville. The mill produce approximatel 5 millian board feet of lumber per day. Business interests included subdivision in Santa Rosa. He sold lots to homebuilders at bargain prices and encouraged the new owners to plant Gravestein apple trees. Armstrong was keenly interested in crop plants and experimented on different species in nurseries he established. His interest in the field led to his friendship with another Santa Rosa resident, Luther Burbank. 
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  Eleanor Armstrong (1827 - 1880)*
  Elizabeth Armstrong (1850 - 1924)*
  Kate Armstrong (1857 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery
Santa Rosa
Sonoma County
California, USA
Plot: Western Half Circle, Lot 219
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Originally Created by: David L. Bush
Record added: Oct 15, 2004
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Col James Boydston Armstrong
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Col James Boydston Armstrong
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- Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
 Added: Feb. 3, 2015
Died: 15 Oct 1900
- Jeanie Leete
 Added: Sep. 30, 2009
It's the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It's the Soldier, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happines...(Read more)
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