Fort Montgomery

Fort Montgomery (HM1R9T)

Location: Mound City, KS 66056 Linn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 8.567', W 94° 49.073'

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Replica built in 2000

Original cabin/fort built in 1855 five miles west of Mound City. The original building was the second cabin owned by James Montgomery as the first one was burned by proslavery Missouri Border Ruffians.
The logs were placed vertically on the building and were so tightly fit together that bullets could not penetrate the walls. The family slept in the loft. The cabin had a cellar used to shelter fugitive slaves and was also an escape for Colonel Montgomery through a tunnel that went into the mound located near the structure.
James Montgomery was a school teacher and a minister who came to the Kansas Territory in 1854 from Ohio to fight for the abolition of slavery. Colonel Montgomery was the free-state leader of a group of men called the "immoral fifty" who with their [Sharp's] rifles and proficient horesemanship became known as the Kansas Jayhawkers. They were a force in the "[B]leeding Kansas" era of 1854-1861.
Colonel Montgomery served in the Civil War and led black troops in South Carolina. He worked with Harriet Tubman on raids. He fought in the battle at Mine [Creek].
He died at his cabin/fort home west of Mound City in 1871 where he farmed and lived with his wife and seven children. He is buried in the National Cemetery [Soldiers Plot] in Mound City, grave # 76.
Replica built by community donations.
HM NumberHM1R9T
Placed ByMound City Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 28th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 340698 N 4223218
Decimal Degrees38.14278333, -94.81788333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 8.567', W 94° 49.073'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 8' 34.02" N, 94° 49' 4.38" W
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Area Code(s)913, 620
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 702 W Main St, Mound City KS 66056, US
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