Life & Career
Montgomery Sicard was born in New York on 30 September, 1836 and was appointed midshipman on 1 October 1851.
After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1855, he served in the Home and East India squadrons until the outbreak of the Civil War. During the war, he served in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, participating in the capture of New Orleans late in April 1862 and the passage of the Vicksburg batteries in June 1862.
Sicard later commanded the Seneca during the assaults on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865. After the war, command duty afloat alternated with ordnance duty in Washington and New York until he became Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance from 1881 to 1890.
In 1897, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and took command of the North Atlantic Squadron but was forced to relinquish his command at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War due to ill-health. Upon his partial recovery, he was placed in charge of the Board of Strategy and took an important part in guiding the conduct of the war.
Sicard retired on 30 September 1898 and died at Westernville, N.Y., on 14 September, 1900.
William N. Jeffers
|Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance
1 Jul, 1881 – 12 Feb, 1890[Inference]
William M. Folger
Francis J. Higginson
|Captain of U.S.S. Miantonomoh
27 Oct, 1891 – 1892[Inference]
Mortimer L. Johnson
|Commandant, Navy Yard, New York
22 Nov, 1894
Francis M. Bunce
- Register of Officers, 1890. pp. 6-7.
- Register of Officers, 1892. pp. 8-9.
- Register of Officers, 1896. p. 4.