Ramsey Clark Armstrong
Navarro Rifles - C.S.A.
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas


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Ramsey Clark Armstrong, Rev. Sr.
Oct 4, 1842 - July 9, 1933

R. C. Armstrong was an original member of the Navarro Rifles, enlisting July 17, 1861 into the Confederate service. His muster roll gives us his military history. He was sick in the hospital at Fredericksburg, Virginia on November 18, 1861 through June 1862. He was listed AWOL in the fall of 1862, but it is believed that he was lost from the company and was still sick as he shows up again as in the hospital on December 6, 1862 through July 1863. Many of the Navarro Rifles have this kind of reporting on their muster rolls as the hospitals were full of men and under much duress do to the illnesses of the time and wounded from the battlefield. R. C. is listed as present for duty during the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse but was taken POW and sent to Belle Plains, Virginia and then Point Lookout, Maryland. The notorious prison camp of Elmira, New York had opened its doors to Confederates in May 1864. Many of the POW’s at Point Lookout were transferred to Elmira. On August 17, 1864 R. C. Armstrong, joined them.

Here among the list of 2,988 Southern men buried from this camp is the name of the Navarro County man, R. C. Armstrong, his death occurring from pneumonia with personal effects of 10 cents. The largest amount of Southern men who died at Elmira was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery and here you can find a Confederate Military marker at Grave No. 1686 with the simple inscription, “R. C. Armstrong, Co I, 4th Texas”.







Funeral services for Rev. R. C. Armstrong, aged 91 years, pioneer Methodist preacher, who had been in the ministry for more than 70 years, former pastor of the local Methodist church, who died in Dallas Sunday afternoon, were held from the First Methodist church here Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The Rev. Mr. Armstrong held pastorates in a number of Central Texas and West Texas communities.

The services were conducted by the Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church here; the Rev. Caspar Wright, presiding elder of the Corsicana district , the Rev. W. H. Coleman, pastor of the Polytechnic Methodist church, Fort Worth; the Rev. C. R. Wright, presiding elder of the Waxahachie district; and the Rev. W. D. Bradfield, S. M. U., Dallas.

Surviving are his widow, three daughters, Mrs. Mittie McCammon and Mrs. O. K. Shannon, both of Fort Worth; and Mrs. A. B. Flanary, Dallas; two sons, George W. Armstrong and R. C. Armstrong, Jr., both of Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Y. Q. McCammon, George W. Armstrong, Jr., Ogden Shannon, Joe Eagan, Duck Shultz and Fred Marlowe.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home.


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