Confederate Brig. Gen. Bro. Armistead (lying wounded) entrusting a pocket watch to Union Captain Bro. Bingham to be delivered to the General’s family. Armistead was shot during the Gettysburg battle and fearing that his personal effects would be stolen by Union soldiers, he gave a Masonic sign to ask for help .Union Captain Bro. Bingham then came to his aid.
Armistead at Gettysburg, by Keith Rocco. Armistead was fatally wounded and captured as the survivors of the charge fell back, repelled by Union reinforcements. Making the Masonic sign of distress, the general was taken to the rear and sent to a field hospital, where he died on July 5. On his deathbed, Armistead asked that his personal effects be delivered to Union General Winfield S. Hancock, a dear friend in the pre-war army, whose troops had repelled the Confederates.