General Richard Montgomery

November 4, 2007

Revolutionary War Image

“to transmit to Posterity a grateful remembrance of the patriotism conduct enterprize & perseverance of Major General RICHARD MONTGOMERY”

Directly across from what once was the World Trade Center, Saint Paul’s Chapel still stands in New York City . There is a memorial at the east window to Brigadier General Richard Montgomery who fell at the Battle of Quebec in 1775, fighting for the Americans.

The memorial plaque was erected just a few months after the American army’s great loss of General Montgomery. It reads:

This Monument is erected by the order of CONGRESS 25th Janry 1776 to transmit to Posterity a grateful remembrance of the patriotism conduct enterprize & perseverance of Major General RICHARD MONTGOMERY Who after a series of successes amidst the most discouraging Difficulties FELL in the attack on QUEBEC 31st Decbr 1775. Aged 37 Years.

At the start of the rebellion, the Americans had plans to conquer the British colony of Canada. On November 13, 1775, General Richard Montgomery led American troops in an attempt to capture the city of Montreal. Later that year, General George Washington ordered Benedict Arnold to capture Quebec. Things did not go well for the rebels, as Montgomery was killed, Arnold, severely wounded, and Canada remained in the hands of the British.

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The image, NYC – St. Paul’s Chapel – Montgomery Memorial, is subject to copyright by wallyg. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution flickred” pool.

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