Biography of Capt. Isaac H. Montgomery
Tipton County, IN Biographies





CAPT. ISAAC H. MONTGOMERY was born in Crawfordsvile, Montgomery Co., Ind., on the 5th of February, 1828; his parents, Archibald and Cynthia Montgomery, formerly lived in Jefferson and Scott Counties, Ind., but at an early day moved to Montgomery County. After living in Crawfordsville and vicinity several years, they moved into Clinton County, where they lived on a farm a few miles south of Frankfort until the year 1841, when they again removed to what was then known as the Indian Reserve, settling near the present site of the village of Normanda, in this (Tipton) county. At this time, the Captain was only thirteen years of age, subject to all the hardships incident to a frontier life. Being compelled to labor incessantly, and being deprived of all the advantages of our present splendid system of schools, it might be presumed that his early education was neglected, but not so; he made good use of every opportunity to enrich his mind and store up valuable information, until he acquired a good education; for a number of years he taught school, and was considered one of the best teachers in the county. In July, 1862, he recruited a company for the Seventy fifth Regiment, was elected Captain, and went into the field with the regiment; he continued in command of the company at his post on all occasions, on every march, in every battle or skirmish in which the regiment was engaged until after the battle of Missionary Ridge, on the 25th day of November, 1863, in which engagement he was injured in the spine by a fall, received while climbing said ridge during the engagement. This injury was of such a nature that he was totally unfitted for marching or fatigue duty, but he continued with his company until May, 1864, when he was discharged for disability. He then returned home, and in the following September he was appointed Deputy Provost Marshal for Tipton County, which position he filled until the close of the war, discharging the onerous duties of that office with much credit to himself. It is a fact worthy of remark, that, while he was an active and efficient officer, living up closely to the code, he was highly honored, respected and esteemed by his subordinates, not one of them having an occasion to cherish any ill feeling toward him. At the close of the rebellion, 1865, he went into the mercantile business in Tipton, and here, as on the farm and field of battle, he was successful. The Captain has been twice married, his first marriage occurring in 1848, to Miss Elizabeth J. Evans, a native of Owen County, Ind., and who died in 1866, leaving to his care a family of five children, viz.: W. B. (now in Kansas), Dora, Belle, Andrew D. Kalso in Kansas), and Lizzie; his second marriage occurred in 1866, to Mrs. Sarah J. Evans, widow of M. P. Evans. By this marriage they have one son, Isaac Marion, living, and one daughter deceased, Dell B., who died May 8, 1883. Besides the distinguished part played by him in the late war, the Captain has filled various civil offices, namely: Trustee of Jefferson Township ten terms; also the office of Justice of the Peace, which he resigned to enter the War. Both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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