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Federal (USA)


Montgomery Bryant

(1831 - 1901)

Home State: Missouri

Command Billet: Commanding Company

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st and 6th United States Infantry

Before Antietam

Son of Army Surgeon (1825-35), Dragoon officer (1836-1839), and Paymaster (1846-49) Thomas Sydenham Bryant, Montgomery was born at Cantonment Leavenworth in Kansas in 1831 while his father was posted there. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 6th United States Infantry on 21 February 1857 and had service at Fort Kearney, Nebraska Territory, then in California, Utah, and Arizona. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 3 May 1861 and Captain on 10 June 1861 and was at Fort Yuma and San Diego, CA to December 1861, when he came East.

On the Campaign

He commanded Company D of the 6th US Infantry on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was honored by brevet to Major for "gallant and meritorious service" at Fredericksburg, VA in December 1862. He was afterward at forts in New York from August 1863 to May 1865.

After the War

He continued in the Army at posts in the South and West, promoted to Major, 14th US Infantry on 7 October 1874, Lieutenant Colonel of the 8th US Infantry on 22 June 1882, and Colonel of the 13th Infantry on 16 December 1888. He retired on 1 March 1894, then in command at Fort Sill, OK.

He was living in Wichita, KS by 1900.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Henry.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Charlotte "Lottie" Seager (1855-1936) in March 1874 at Fort Douglas, UT and they had 2 children.


12/26/1831; Leavenworth, KS


06/07/1901; Wichita, KS; burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Wichita, KS


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 257  [AotW citation 29123]

2   Henry, Guy Vernor, Military Record of Civilian Appointments in the United States Army, 2 Volumes, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1873, Vol. 1, pp. 262-263  [AotW citation 29124]