|Death: ||Dec. 31, 1862|
The son of William Jr and Elizabeth (Leigh) Armstrong of Williamson Co TN, Ben married Mary O Reagan on 2 Oct 1861 in Williamson Co TN.
Child with Mary:
1) Willie J Armstrong (1862-1947), m: John Henry Clay Leigh.
Ben served in the Confederate 20th TN Infantry and died at the "Battle of Stones River", the second battle of Murfreesboro. He is believed to have been a casualty on the first day of battle, 31 Dec 1862.
Leigh Family History, by V. Leigh Refo, excerpt:
"...Benjamin, who married 16 yr old Mary O. Reagen on 10-2-1861, just as he was leaving for the Confederate Army. Benjamin Leigh Armstrong was killed at the battle of Murfreesboro in 1862, just before the birth of his child. Before he had left for the war, he gave his wife a pin for the baby, in case he did not return. It was always treasured by his daughter, Willie Armstrong, the late Mrs J. H. C. Leigh."
Ben's widow Mary remarried on 18 Mar 1875 to James Pinkerton. She died in 1880 and is buried with her second husband at Rest Haven Cemetery in Franklin, Williamson Co TN.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System:
Regiment Name: 20 Tennessee Infantry
Soldier's Rank In: Private
Soldier's Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M231 roll 2"
Wikipedia, Battle of Stones River, excerpt:
"One of every four men who fought at Stones River became a casualty. This was the highest percentage of casualties of any major battle in the Civil War, higher in absolute numbers than the famous bloodbaths at Shiloh and Antietam earlier that year.
"Stones River-Other Names: Murfreesboro
Location: Rutherford Co TN
Campaign: Stones River Campaign (1862-63)
Date(s): Dec 31, 1862-Jan 2, 1863
Principal Commanders: Major General William S. Rosecrans [USA]; General Braxton Bragg [CSA]
Forces Engaged: Army of the Cumberland [USA]; Army of Tennessee [CSA]
Estimated Casualties: 23,515 total
USA - 13,249
CSA - 10,266"
Approximately 1,300 Confederates are buried in the Confederate Circle at Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro TN. Initially the Confederate dead were buried on the battlefield by Union soldiers. They were then moved to their own cemetery and again later moved to Evergreen.
Although Ben is not on the list of known confederates buried at Evergreen, this list is not complete. It is assumed he is buried there as no record has been found of the family claiming his remains for private burial.
William Armstrong (1809 - 1879)
Elizabeth Leigh Armstrong (1816 - 1901)
Mary Olive Regan Pinkerton (1826 - 1900)
Willie A. Leigh (1862 - 1947)*
Note: Confederate Circle
Created by: Bonnie's Daughter
Record added: Nov 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60963514