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Walker Keith Armistead

Born: 1785

Death: Oct 13, 1845

Birthplace: Virginia

Nationality: United States

Walker Keith Armistead

Date of Birth : 1785
Date of Death : Oct 13, 1845
Birth Place : Virginia

Walker Keith Armistead was a military officer who served as Chief of Engineers of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Armistead was born in Virginia, and served as an orderly sergeant at the Battle of Fallen Timbers. He graduated from West Point in 1803. During the War of 1812, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and successively served as Chief Engineer of the Niagara frontier army and the forces defending Chesapeake Bay. He was promoted to colonel and Chief Engineer on November 12, 1818. When the Army was reorganized on June 1, 1821, he became commander of the 3rd Artillery Regiment. He was brevetted brigadier general in November 1828. He succeeded Zachary Taylor as commander of the army during the Second Seminole War against the Seminole Indians in Florida in 1840–1841. He died in Upperville, Virginia. Armistead died in 1845 at the age of 72. He had a total of 42 years of service as a commissioned officer.

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