; born in Swords County, Dublin, Ireland
, Dec. 2, 1736; was educated at Trinity College, Dublin
, and entered the army at the age of eighteen.
Fighting under Wolfe
at the siege of Louisburg
(1756), he won the approval of that commander.
After its surrender his regiment formed a part of Amherst
's force, sent to reduce the French
forts on Lake Champlain
, in 1759.
became adjutant of his regiment in 1760, and was under Colonel Haviland
in his march upon Montreal
when that city was surrendered.
In 1762, Montgomery
was promoted to captain, and served in the campaign against Havana
in the same year.
After that he resided in this country awhile, but revisited England
In 1772 he sold his commission and came to America
, and the following year he bought an estate at Rhinebeck
, on the Hudson
, and married a daughter of R. R. Livingston
He was chosen representative in the Colonial Assembly, and was a member of the Provincial Convention in 1775.
In June following he was appointed
by the Continental Congress one of the eight brigadier-generals
for the Continental
Appointed second in command, under Schuyler
, in the Northern Department, he became acting commanderin-chief because of his superior's protracted illness.
He entered Canada
early in September, with a considerable army, captured St. John
, on the Sorel
or Richelieu River
, Nov. 3, took Montreal
on the 13th, and pushed on towards Quebec
, and stood before its walls with some troops under Arnold
, Dec. 4.
On the 9th the Continental Congress made him a major-general.
He invested Quebec
and continued the siege until Dec. 31, when he attempted to take the city by storm.
In that effort he was slain by grapeshot from a masked battery, Dec. 31, 1775.
His death was regarded as a great public calamity, and on the floor of the British Parliament he was eulogized by Burke
, and Barre
Even Lord North spoke of him as “brave, humane, and generous;” but added, “still he was only a brave, humane, and generous rebel
; curse on his virtues, they've undone his
To this remark Fox
retorted: “The term ‘rebel’ is no certain mark of disgrace.
All the great assertors of liberty, the saviors of their country, the benefactors of mankind in all ages, have been called ‘rebels.’
We owe the constitution which enables us to sit in this House
to a rebellion.”
was buried at Quebec
In 1818 his remains were removed to the city of New York
, at the expense of the State
, and they were deposited near the monument which the United States government had erected to his memory in the front of St. Paul's Church, New York.