I never wrote the biography/tribute I intended to.
No one has yet.
Walked away from West Point. Promoted for bravery in battle. Ruthless. Shy. Fearless. Undisciplined. Loyal. Tormented. Admired. Lonely.
There is a 60-page pamphlet on General Armistead. 60 pages. A pamphlet.
I contacted the author and told him I wanted to edit the full-length book when it's written. The general's story needs to be told.
(This was Richard Jordan's last role; and he gave it everything he had. It gained him—and Armistead—immortality in my mind at least.)
General Lewis Addison Armistead, descendant of American war heroes, will play a major role in Gettysburg's proceedings the Third Day. But you cannot understand the significance of his role without seeing this first:
Poignant. The general's torment is not his own but also that of every brother who fought against a brother, friend against a friend, mentor against student, boy against hero, son against father, in this gruesome war.
Did Michael Shaara and the makers of Gettysburg romanticize him? Yes; I've read the pamphlet. His life wasn't a blaze of glory, his actions not always worthy of esteem. But I think the storymakers got at his essence too; and, in some sense, at the essence of many men behind the war.
Check in tomorrow for the ending to his story.