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 William Reading Montgomery

William Reading Montgomery

Birth
Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Death 31 May 1871 (aged 69)
Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 20321 · View Source
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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”.

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  • Added: 22 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20321
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Reading Montgomery (10 Jul 1801–31 May 1871), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20321, citing Saint James Episcopal Churchyard, Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .