James Montgomery

Abolitionist Warrior

Robert C Conner

The first full biography of James Montgomery, who through his actions before and during the Civil War, contributed towards the abolition of slavery.
Date Published :
April 2022
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20 illustrations and photographs
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636241425
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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The first full biography of James Montgomery, who through his actions before and during the Civil War, contributed towards the abolition of slavery.

James Montgomery was a leader of the free-state movement in pre-Civil War Kansas and Missouri, associated with its direct-action military wing. He then joined the Union Army and fought through most of the war.

A close associate and ally of other abolitionists including John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Colonels Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Robert G. Shaw, Montgomery led his African-American regiment along with Tubman and other civilians in the 1863 Combahee River raid, which freed almost 800 slaves from South Carolina plantations. He then commanded a brigade in the siege of Fort Wagner, near Charleston.

In 1864, still in brigade command, he fought at the Battle of Olustee in Florida, helping prevent the collapse and disintegration of Union General Truman Seymour’s army. Later that year he returned home and played a significant role in defeating Confederate General Sterling Price’s great raid, especially at the Battle of Westport.

This is the first published biography of Montgomery, who was and remains a controversial figure. It uncovers and deals honestly with his serious flaws, while debunking some wilder charges, and also bringing to light his considerable attributes and achievements. Montgomery’s life, from birth to death, is seen in the necessary perspective and clear delineation of the complex racial, political and military history of the Civil War era.

About The Author

Robert C. Conner is the author of General Gordon Granger: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind “Juneteenth”, published by Casemate in 2013. He also wrote the 2018 historical novel, The Last Circle of Ulysses Grant, published by Square Circle Press. A former journalist and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University, Conner won two first-place writing awards from the New York Associated Press Association for newspapers with circulation between 50,000 and 200,000.


Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: From Guerrilla Outlaw to American Soldier

Chapter 1: Westward Bound
Chapter 2: Bleeding Kansas and John Brown
Chapter 3: Civil War
Chapter 4: With Tubman in the South
Chapter 5: Olustee and After
Chapter 6: The Westport Campaign
Chapter 7: Back to the Land and the Lord


“The author shows James Montgomery to have been a brave leader, who labored in the fringe areas of the war to defeat the Confederacy and to end the scourge of slavery… Civil War buffs will still find a lot to enjoy in reading about this abolitionist warrior.”

- The Journal of America’s Military Past

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