James G. Montgomery(1833 - 1917)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Georgia (Regulars) Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was admitted to the US Military Academy at West Point on 1 July 1850 at age 17, on an at-large appointment, but finished near the bottom and did not return for his second year. He enrolled in the 1st Georgia Regulars in April 1861, probably as First Lieutenant, Company B.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded Company K in Maryland, and was present at Turner's Gap. He was wounded in the head and "almost lifeless" at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The remainder of the War:
He was "incapacitated for further service" by his Sharpsburg wound.
After the War:
He was the State Librarian of Georgia at Milledgeville by 1867, later the first (State) Commissioner of Schools, and Treasurer of Augusta, Georgia. He worked for a bank, warehouse, and railroad before retiring sometime before 1905.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from United Confederate Veterans1. His life dates from a cemetery listing on RootsWeb. West Point information from the Official Register of the Officers and Cadets of the US Military Academy for 1851 and 1852, posted online by the USMA Library, with further personal details from a bio sketch in Half century record of the Class at West Point 1850 to 1854 (Henry L Abbot, Boston: T. Todd, Printer, 1905).
|Birth Date: 04/12/1833 Place of Birth: "Spring Hill," Richmond County, GA |
Death Date: 02/07/1917 Death Place: Augusta, GA Burial Place: Summerville Cemetery, Augusta, GA
1 United Confederate Veterans, U Daughters of the Confederacy, and Sons of Confederate Veterans, , Confederate Veteran Magazine (1893-1932), 1893-01-01, Vol. 15, pgs. 578 - 580; Vol. 17, pp. 412 - 413 [AotW citation 2734]
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