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Generals who switched sides

Tey turned coat for glory money and ideology – and, occasionally changed the course of history Words: Nige Tassell

FRANK CRAWFORD ARMSTRONG 1835-1909

Armstrong remains a unique figure in US history: the only Confederate general to have also lined up on the Union side. He was a Union captain early in the Civil War, then swapped uniforms and rose to the rank of Confederate brigadier-general, a post in which he was praised for his “prudence, discretion and good sense”.

Because of a technicality, Armstrong was on both sides for several days
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