During the French and Indian War, Richard Montgomery, born in northern Ireland 23 December 1739, fought at Quebec with Wolfe, and in the campaign against the Spanish West Indies. He returned to America in 1772, purchased an estate on the Hudson River, and married the daughter of Robert R. Livingston.
When war with England broke out, Montgomery sided with the Americans and was commissioned brigadier general in the fall of 1775. He succeeded General Schuyler in command of the expedition against Canada, captured Fort St. Johnís and Fort Chambly, and entered Montreal in triumph. Montgomery was killed by British artillery during an unsuccessful assault on Quebec, 31 December 1775.
(Sl or Sch: a. 9 long 9‑pdrs., 2 18‑pdr. Columbiads)
The second Montgomery, a sloop or schooner, was built in 1813 by Thomas Macdonough and purchased 6 August 1813 for duty on Lake Champlain, preventing plundering expeditions and convoying Hamptonís troops trying to penetrate into Canada. Montgomery continued service on the lake until deactivated and sold in 1815.