General Richard Montgomery
-From Ligon Portraiture, 1899
G.A. Obituary On The Life Of
We have seen notice of the death of Gen. R.M.
Gano, of Dallas, Texas. He was in his eighty-fourth year. He was
Bourbon County, Ky., a son of John Allen Gano,
a preacher of force and power. The Ganos were of a family of preachers.
They were from the French Huguenots. Two or three members of the family
were Baptist preachers of note in
New York before and during the Revolutionary War. Some of the family removed to the blue-grass region
of Kentucky; and when the division between the Baptists and disciple of
Christ came up, John A. Gano, the father of R.M. Gano, stood with the
disciples firmly for the sufficiency of the word of God to lead and
guide men in the way of righteousness and truth.
The Ganos, so far as their lives are known, possessed
a happy combination of qualities and characteristics. They were men
gentle and kind in spirit, with true courage of convictions and strength
and force of character. The could be strong and firm for the truth and
the right, yet kind and gentle toward all men, especially toward those
who opposed the truth. The Christian religion is intended by God to
school and train men for these qualities, that they may be effective in
exhorting and persuading men to become Christians. It is a happy
condition when men inherit these helpful qualities. They could speak in
kind and gentle tones, yet be steadfast in their convictions. Such men
make good exhorters and are successful in persuading men to do their
duty. The Ganos were good exhorters and successful preachers.
General Gano was gentle and suave in his manner,
but firm in his convictions and steadfast i his purposes. He graduated
at Bethany College with a degree of honor, studied medicine, and began practice
at Baton Rouge, La. Though no a preacher at that time, he soon gathered
a band of disciples who met to worship God. After a year or so he moved
to Grapevine, Texas. The Indians gave the people trouble, and he raised
a company of soldiers and began a military life. About this time he was
elected to the Legislature of Texas and served a term in this position.
The Civil War came on; he entered the army, was put forward as a
soldier, and made for himself a military character. He was through
Middle Tennessee, and figured at Lebanon, Gallatin, and Hartsville. He
was pleasant and popular as an officer with the soldiers and with the people.
After the close for the war, he went to preaching. His reputation as a
soldier commended him to the mass of the people in this country, and he
held meetings at the placed mentioned and in Odd Fellows' Hall in
East Nashville, which gave the churches of Christ a start in East
Nashville. Prof. James F. Lipscomb, who died in Texas a few years ago;
Horace G. Lipscomb, who died in this city about a year ago; and Mrs. L.V.
Clough, of Fort Worth, Texas, were staying at my house, and all, with
others, became obedient to the faith during this meeting. I became well
acquainted with General Gano during the meeting and learned to respect
and honor him for his earnestness and fidelity to what he thought was
right. I used to boast sometimes of abstemious habits; that I had never
drunk a cup of coffee, smoked a cigar, or took a chew of tobacco or a
drink of spirits as a beverage. I told this to the general. If I mistake
not, he added that he never had drunk a cup of tea, in addition to my
restraints. I yielded the palm of praise to him, as he had
the war, and especially as he had been in the Legislature. He was
entitled to higher credit than I could claim. There was a year's
difference in our ages. He spent the years of the war in fighting for
his country and took and active interest in the political affairs of the
country. I spent the years of the war in teaching that Christians cannot
fight for the kingdoms of earth and give their lives to building up
these kingdoms. I trust God for approval of my course. I hope the
General may be justified and saved. This my seem strange, "But with
God all things are possible." (Matt. 19:26). The last years of this
life he served as an elder in the church of Christ in Dallas, Texas and
died respected and honored by those who knew him.
Gospel Advocate, May, 29, 1913, page 514;
Directions To The Grave Of R.M. Gano
Oakland Cemetery in Dallas, Texas is the final
resting place of R.M. Gano and many of his family. The cemetery is
located in the southern part of Dallas, Texas at 3900 Malcolm X Blvd. On I-45
south of Dallas take Exit 283, Martin Luther King Jr. and go east. Go
about six or seven blocks and turn right on Malcolm X. Just after the
11th street on your left you will see the entrance to the Oakland
Cemetery. The office sits in the front, and the entrance is from either
side of the house (office). The actual cemetery gate will be behind the
office. Head straight into the cemetery on Main St. and to the large
obelisk straight ahead. The drive goes around the obelisk. If you will
turn left at the obelisk and look immediately to your left, you will see
the Gano family plot. R.M.'s stone is in the rear of the family plot.
While in the cemetery be sure not to miss
visiting the grave of Lawrence W. Scott.
N32º 45.767' x WO 96º 45.472'
Grave Facing NE
Accuracy to 26ft.
Section 3, Lot 63
Oakland Cemetery: (214) 421-2244
June 8, 1830
Mar. 27, 1913
Mattie J. Gano,
Gen'l. R.M. Gano
Oct. 8, 1832.
Sept. 22, 1895
A Devoted Christian
Wife And Mother
Feb. 22, 1867
April 3, 1911
Sidney **J. Gano
Feb. 22, 1867
July 7, 1921
*"R" = Robert
**"J" = Johnston
Richard M. Gano, CSA
In Morgan's Raids, KY., Tenn.
Commanded Gano's Brigade,
Texas Cavalry, In Ark.
Captured Union Train With
State Of Texas, 1965