December 31 : TODAY in Irish History:
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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks
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1744: Edward Hand is born in County Offaly.
Hand was a soldier, physician, and politician who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, rising to the rank of general, and later was a member of several Pennsylvania governmental bodies.
1775: Death of Irish born Major General Richard Montgomery
Montgomery was born in Swords, Co. Dublin in 1738. His father, Thomas Montgomery, was a former British Army Officer and a member of the Irish Parliament.
Montgomery originally served in the British Army, but later became a Major General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He let the failed 1775 invasion of Canada.
In 1754, he enrolled at Trinity College, Dublin, and two years later joined the British army to fight in the French and Indian War. He steadily rose through the ranks, serving in North America and then the Caribbean.
When the American Revolutionary War broke out, Montgomery took up the Patriot cause, and was elected to the New York Provincial Congress in May 1775. In June 1775, he was commissioned as a Brigadier General in the Continental Army. After Phillip Schuyler became too ill to lead the invasion of Canada, Montgomery took over. He captured Fort St. Johns and then Montreal in November 1775, and then advanced to Quebec City where he joined another force under the command of Benedict Arnold. On December 31, he led an attack on the city, but was killed during the battle.
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