New Year’s Eve 1775

December 31, 2009

Two hundred thirty-four years ago today, December 31st, 1775, American patriots under Colonel Benedict Arnold & General Richard Montgomery attempted to capture Quebec.


Montgomery’s Memorial of 1776

May 6, 2008

Revolutionary War Image

Saint Paul’s Chapel, New York City, New York

General Richard MONTGOMERY was the first American officer to die in the Revolutionary War. He fell at the Battle of Quebec on New Year’s Eve of 1775. Immediately following, on 25 January 1776, the Continental Congress commissioned the first American war memorial – a monument to the fallen General MONTGOMERY. The General’s remains were eventually interred at Saint Paul’s Chapel, New York City, where his memorial was installed by a grateful nation.

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