Historic Markers Across Alabama



Brigadier General Richard Montgomery / Naming the City of Montgomery



Marker ID: AHA 
Location: Montgomery, AL
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.635    W 086° 18.560
  32.37725    -86.30933333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3FRX
 



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Brigadier General Richard Montgomery


Born in Ireland in 1738. British Army officer during the French and Indian War and in West Indies campaign. Settled in New York state in 1772, sided with colonists in the Revolutionary War, and commissioned as a Brigadier General in the Continental Army. Led the American invasion of Canada, taking Montreal before being killed at the battle of Quebec on New Year's Eve 1775.


Naming the City of Montgomery


Montgomery named for Richard Montgomery, first American general killed in the Revolutionary War. In 1819, the Alabama Legislature combined New Philadelphia and East Alabama to form Montgomery. Walter B. Lucas, later of Lucas' Tavern in Line Creek, suggested the name to Andrew Dexter prompted by fanfare occasioned by the return of the General's body from Canada to New York City for burial in June of 1818.








End of Brigadier General Richard Montgomery / Naming the City of Montgomery