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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1825

Vol. I

(Born N. J.)

William R. Montgomery

(Ap'd N. J.)


William Reading Montgomery: Born July 10, 1801, Monmouth Co., NJ.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1821,​a to July 1, 1825, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1825.

Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1825.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Howard, Wis., 1826, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1826‑27; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1827‑28, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1829‑30, — Choctaw Nation, 1830‑31, — and Ft. Jesup, La., 1831‑32; on Recruiting service, 1832; on Commissary duty (subsisting Indians), 1832‑33; on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup,

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, Aug. 31, 1833)

La., 1833‑35; on Recruiting service, 1835‑37; on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1837‑38; on Recruiting service, 1838; on Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Swanton, Vt., 1838, — Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1838, — Ft. Covington, N. Y., 1838‑39, — Ogdensburg,

(Captain, 8th Infantry, July 7, 1838)

N. Y., 1839, — and Recruiting, 1839‑40; in garrison at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., 1840, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1840; in the Florida War, 1840‑42; in garrison at Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1843‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Battle of Palo Alto, May 8, 1846, — and Battle of Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, May 9, 1846, where he was wounded; on Recruiting service, 1846‑47; in

(Bvt. Major, May 9, 1846, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca-de‑la‑Palma, Tex.)

the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Capture of San Antonio, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey, Sep. 8, 1847, where he was wounded in the Assault of the enemy's works, —

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Sep. 8, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Molino del Rey, Mex.)

Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1848‑49; on frontier duty at Austin, Tex., 1849, — and Ft. Gates, Tex., 1849‑50; on Recruiting service, 1850‑53; on frontier duty at Ft.

(Major, 2d Infantry, Dec. 7, 1852)

Chadbourne, Tex., 1853; on Recruiting service, 1853‑54; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1854; and on frontier duty at Ft. Riley, Kan., 1854‑55, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855, — Ft. Pierre, Dak., 1855, — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1855.

Dismissed, Dec. 8, 1855,

 p362  for appropriating a portion of the Military Reserve at Ft. Riley, Kan., to the uses of the Pawnee Association for a town site, he being interested in that Association."

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: in the

(Colonel, 1st N. J. Volunteers, May 17, 1861)

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, May 17, 1861)

defenses of Washington, D. C., and as Military Governor of Alexandria, Va., Sep.‑Dec., 1861; in command of Annapolis, Md., Jan. to Mar. 17, 1862, — and at Philadelphia, Pa., Apr. 4, 1862, to Mar. 2, 1863; in waiting orders at Cairo, Ill., Mar. to Oct., 1863; on Military Commission at Memphis, Ten., Oct. 16, 1863, to Mar. 15, 1864; and on leave of absence, Mar. 15 to Apr. 4, 1864.

Resigned, Apr. 4, 1864.

Died, May 31, 1871, at Bristol, Pa.: Aged 70.

Buried, St. James Episcopal Churchyard, Bristol, PA.

Thayer's Note:

a His tombstone (q.v.) has "entered West Point July 1821".

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