History From America's Most Famous Valleys
Leading a valiant and ill-fated charge of American Forces in an effort to capture Quebec on New Year's Eve, 1775, General Richard Montgomery achieved distinction as an outstanding Revolutionary Hero.
New York was the fourth of 17 states that named a county after him. This honor was paid through renaming Tryon County, established in 1772 as Montgomery County, April 2, 1784. Montgomery's body was not returned from Canada until 43 years after the Revolution and it now rests in St. Paul's Churchyard, New York City. Recognition of his services was accorded a memorial stone ordered by Congress within a few months after his death and inscribed in Paris under the direction of Benjamin Franklin.