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William Reading Montgomery
Birth: Jul. 10, 1801
Death: May 31, 1871
Bristol
Bucks County
Pennsylvania, USA

Civil War Union Brigadier General. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1825, placing 28th out of 37, and commenced a long military career with garrison duty along the Canadian Border. He participated in the Seminole War of 1840 to 1842, and served in the Mexican War as Captain and commander of the 8th United States Regular Infantry, fighting in the Battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Molino del Rey. He was severely wounded twice, and was awarded the brevets of Major and Lieutenant Colonel. Promoted to full-rank Major in 1852, he was posted at Fort Riley, Kansas. In 1855 he was cashiered from the Army in for the alleged charge of using military funds for the creation of a town for the Pawnee Indian Association. He returned to the Army in May 1861 when the outbreak of the Civil War created the need for experienced Army officers. He was appointed Colonel and commander of the 1st New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, and led the regiment in the First Bull Run Campaign, where it was held in reserve. His administrative skills brought him a promotion to Brigadier General, US Volunteers on August 9, 1861, and he spent the balance of his war service in administrative military assignments. He served as Military Governor of Alexandria, Virginia, commander of military posts in Annapolis, Maryland, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and as a military commissioner in Memphis, Tennessee. He resigned in April 1863 due to “failing health”. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Hannah Bullock Wood Montgomery (1803 - 1888)*
 
 Children:
  William Wood Montgomery (____ - 1863)*
  Henry Montgomery (1843 - 1881)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint James Episcopal Churchyard
Bristol
Bucks County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Feb 22, 2001
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William Reading Montgomery
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William Reading Montgomery
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Thank you, General for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: May. 31, 2016

- R I P
 Added: Apr. 25, 2015

- Rebecca Marden
 Added: Dec. 8, 2014
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