170 Years Ago Last GAR member was born


170 years ago yesterday, George W. Potter, the last surviving Town of Saratoga Civil War Veteran was born.

In 1938, The Saratoga reported

Schuylerville—George W. Potter, only surviving Civil War veteran and member of Frank Norton Post, 16, GAR, in the town of Saratoga, quietly celebrated his 93rd birthday at the home of his son, Germond Potter, and Mrs. Potter, Green St., today.

George lived on to 1940 (95 years).  He served in the Co. A 123rd N.Y.S.V. at the age of 19.  He enlisted 25 August 1964 at Greenwich for a year and mustered out 5 September 1864 near Washington, DC.  He would have been involved in General Sherman’s March to the Sea and the Campaign of Carolina in 1865.   He was married on 9 December 1869 to to Miss Hattie Pennock of Schuylerrville.  His profession was as a mason.  In 1919, he was the custodian of the Saratoga battle monument and was paid $600.

The Saratogian reported on 22 March 1920

Death Takes County’s Last Civil War Veteran

Schuylerville—George W, Potter. 93, Saratoga County’s last survivor of Civil War service, died peacefully in his aleep last night.

He was found dead in bed this morning by his son, Germond Potter, Green St., with whom he resided.

Death was due to advanced age, according to Dr. M. D. Duby.

Mr. Potter, a retired contractor, was born in Greenwich Jan. 19, 1845, and was the last member of Frank Norton Post 116. Grand Army of the Republic. He was a member of the Methodist Church and of the Odd Fellows until the lodge in Schuylerville disbanded.

After residence of several years in Schuylerville, Mr. Potter went to Middle Falls in 1854 and lived with the Reynolds family until his enlistment in Company A, 123rd New York Volunteers, from Washington County. He was with Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in his “March to the Sea.”

He married Dec. 9, 1869, following the war, his wife dying several years ago. Surviving are his son, a daughter, Mrs. William J. Porter of Glendale, Calif., several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 4 prm. Sunday at the residence, The Rev. Roy J. Honeywell, Methodist pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. ,


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