Benjamin Remington Armstrong papers
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Benjamin Remington Armstrong papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Armstrong, Benjamin Remington, approximately 1822-1901.
Title: Benjamin Remington Armstrong papers
Dates: circa 1850-1890
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 0025

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Remington Armstrong (ca. 1822-1901), a native of Rhode Island, was a bricksman, builder, and contractor in Savannah, Georgia. From 185601858, he was the master mechanic at Fort Jackson, Ga. At the time of his death, he was the manager of the Propellor Towboat Company of Savannah. Among the buildings in Savannah for which he was either the builder or contractor are the Telfair Hospital for Women, the viaduct, and other buildings of the Central of Georgia Railway. he died at his home in Guyton, Georgia, now knows as the Philip Morgan home.

Alexander Armstrong (ca. 1848-1886) was the son of Benjamin Remington Armstrong. A machinist, at the time of his death he was operating a livery and boarding stable. He was the father of George F. Armstrong, whose home was the present Armstrong House (located at the corner of Bull Street and Gaston Street).

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes a receipt from the Savannah Gas Light Company, a resolution of the Georgia Hussars on deceased members of the company, and a newspaper clipping of a poem "Battle of Manassas Plain" by Ella J. Willette. Also included are a bust-length photograph of Benjamin R. Armstrong, a photograph of Benjamin holding a brick and trowel, and a tintype of Benjamin with his son, Alexander.

The folder containing the photographs is noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Armstrong, Alexander, 1848-1886.
Armstrong, Benjamin Remington, approximately 1822-1901.
Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Georgia. Georgia Hussars.
Receipts (financial records)
Resolutions (administrative records)
Stevens, William Bacon, 1815-1887.
Tintypes (prints)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from a family member of the collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Benjamin Remington Armstrong papers, MS 25, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Frank Armstrong, 1959.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11Bust-length photograph of Benjamin R. Armstrong View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items



12Benjamin holding a brick and trowel View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items



13Tintype of Benjamin with his son, Alexander View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items



14Receipted bill from Savannah Gas Light Company to George M. Willette, 1856 September 17



15Resolutions of the Georgia Hussars on deceased members of the company



16Clipping from an undated and unidentified newspaper, containing a poem, "Battle of Manassas Plain," written by Ella J. Willette, later Mrs. Alexander Armstrong