James Armstrong

James Armstrong

Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky, USA
Death 27 Aug 1868 (aged 74)
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Holly Avenue at Hallidon Avenue
Memorial ID 9689279 · View Source
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United States Naval Officer. He was in command of the Navy Yard at Pensacola when Florida seceded from the Union in 1861. He turned the facility over to state forces without resistance. Earlier in his career he distinguished himself as commander of the Navy's East India Squadron during the so-called "Arrow War" also known as the Second Opium War in China in 1857. Although the conflict was primarily between France, Britain and China, Chinese forces fired on American vessels in a swelling of anti-foreign fervor. Armstrong oversaw the occupation and destruction of the Canton "barrier forts" after which the Chinese guaranteed American neutrality. He joined the Navy as midshipman in 1809, and served on the sloop-of-war Frolic, when it was captured by the British in 1814. In 1866 he was pro-rated commodore.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Armstrong (7 Aug 1794–27 Aug 1868), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9689279, citing Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .