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R.F. Armfield

R.F. Armfield

Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Robert Franklin Armfield

(1829 - 1898)

Home State: North Carolina

Education: Trinity College (now Duke U)

Command Billet: Regimental Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 38th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He studied the law, was admitted to the bar in 1845, and practiced in Yadkinville, N.C. He was the delegate from Yadkin County at the Secession Convention in May 1861. He enrolled in the 38th Regiment and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant, Company B on 1 October 1861. He was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment at the reorganization on 25 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the 38th on the Maryland Campaign in the absence of Colonel Hoke, and was wounded in action at Shepherdstown (Boteler's Ford) on 20 September.

The rest of the War

He went to Statesville, NC to recover. While on leave, he was appointed State Solicitor for the 6th District. He resigned his commission on 14 January 1863, and served as Solicitor until 1865.

After the War

He continued his legal and political career in North Carolina. He was a member of the State Senate (1874-75), Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (1875-76), and US Congressman (1879-83; photo) - for which seat he did not seek reelection. He was appointed (and later elected) Superior Court judge from 1889 until he retired in 1895.

References & notes

Political career information from his Congressional Biography1, military dates from Moore's Roster2, with details of service in Maryland and the photograph above from Clark3.


07/09/1829; near Greensboro, NC


11/09/1898; Statesville, NC; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Statesville, NC


1   US Congress, Congressional Biographical Directory, Published c. 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /scripts/  [AotW citation 1017]

2   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 3, pp. 48, 52  [AotW citation 1018]

3   Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 2, pp. 686-687, facing pg. 675  [AotW citation 1019]