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Richard Montgomery

 
 
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By F. Robby, June 30, 2008
1. Richard Montgomery Marker
Inscription. This Monument is erected by the order of CONGRESS 25th Janry 1776, to transmit to Posterity a grateful remembrance of the patriotism conduct enterprize & perseverance of Major General RICHARD MONTGOMERY, Who after a series of successes amidst the most discouraging Difficulties Fell in the attack on QUEBEC, 31st Decbr 1775. Aged 37 Years.

INVENIT ET SCULPSIT. PARISIIS. J.J. CAFFIERI SCULPTOR. REGIUS ANNO DOMINI. MDCCLXXVII.
 
Erected 1787 by St. Paul's Chapel, Authorized by the Continental Congress in 1776.
 
Location. 40° 42.67′ N, 74° 0.529′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Vesey Street, on the right when traveling south on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is attached to the Broadway side of the St. Paul's Chapel. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Remains of Maj. Gen. Richard Montgomery (here, next to this marker); St. Paul's Chapel (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named St. Paul’s Chapel
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By F. Robby, June 30, 2008
2. Richard Montgomery Marker
Designed by Jean Jacques Caffieri, sculptor to King Louis XV of France. It was completed in 1777 but could not be installed until 1787.
(a few steps from this marker); Saint Paul’s Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); 100 Year-Old Sycamore (within shouting distance of this marker); Bell of Hope (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic St. Paul’s Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Churchyard (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. The Latin text, translated roughly, is as follows: Designed and sculpted in Paris by royal sculptor J.J. Caffieri, in the Year of the Lord 1777.

It seems that while the marker was sculpted in 1777, it was not installed until 1787, due to the interference of the Revolutionary War.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Richard Montgomery. (Submitted on July 4, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
2. The Battle of Quebec. The American Revolution website. (Submitted on November 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The General and The Monument. Excerpt: “Patriots quickly seized upon the story of Montgomery’s
St. Paul's Chapel image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 30, 2008
3. St. Paul's Chapel
The Richard Montgomery memorial is in the middle of the exterior wall of the St. Paul's Chapel.
life—and his heroic death—to build support for separation from Britain. Poems lauding his exploits were published in colonial newspapers, and an anonymous propagandist published ‘Dialogue between the Ghost of General Montgomery Just arrived from the Elysian Fields; and an American Delegate, in a Wood Near Philadelphia,’ in which the specter of Montgomery urges revolution. On January 25, 1776, Congress approved creation of a memorial for Montgomery—the first monument ever commissioned by the United States. Benjamin Franklin, who would oversee the monument’s construction in France, was advanced 300 pounds sterling to cover the costs (about $45,000 today).” (Submitted on January 25, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraMilitaryNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
First American Memorial? image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, June 30, 2008
4. First American Memorial?
That is what this placard claims. It is below the Richard Montgomery marker and explains that Congress commissioned the memorial in 1776, and St. Paul's Chapel erected it in 1787.
Richard Montgomery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
5. Richard Montgomery Marker
The State of New York caused the remains of Maj. Gen. Richard Montgomery to be conveyed from Quebec and deposited beneath this monument the 8th day of July 1818.

General Richard Montgomery
In 1787, St. Paul’s Chapel erected a monument to honor General Richard Montgomery, the first officer to die in the American Revolution. The Continental Congress commissioned this monument in 1776, the first American memorial. Montgomery’s body was interred at St. Paul’s in 1818, 43 years after his death.
Engraving of American Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery. image. Click for full size.
By Alonzo Chappel
6. Engraving of American Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,739 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on December 13, 2010, by Gregory Guderian of Belleville, New Jersey. This page was the Marker of the Week January 25, 2015. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 4, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on November 23, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on January 25, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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