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Civil War Soldiers - Montgomery
|Montgomery, William R.,
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Monmouth county, N. J., July
10, 1801. He was graduated at the United States military academy in
1825 and served on the Canadian border during the disturbances of
1838-46, in the Florida war of 1840-42, and in the military occupation
of Texas. In the Mexican war, which he entered as captain, he fought
at Resaca de la Palma, where he was wounded and brevetted major, at
Molino del Rey, where he was again wounded, and he commanded his
regiment at Chapultepec and the capture of the Mexican capital. For
services at Molino del Rey he was brevetted lieutenant-colonel, and in
Dec, 1852, he was promoted major. He was stationed at Fort Riley,
Kan., during the troubles in that territory, and while there incurred
the displeasure of the authorities and was dismissed from the service,
Dec. 8, 1855. At the beginning of the Civil war he organized the 1st
N. J. volunteers, of which he became colonel, May 21, 1861, and he was
commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, to date May 17, and
appointed military governor of Alexandria, Va. He subsequently held a
similar office in Annapolis, Md., and then in Philadelphia, Pa., until
1863, after which he served on a military commission in Memphis, Tenn.
He resigned on account of failing health, April 4, 1864, and after a
brief period in Philadelphia retired to his home in Bristol, Pa.,
where he died May 31, 1871.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908