On this day in 1864, George Potter enlisted in the Union Army.
George W. Potter was the last surviving Civil War veteran living in the Town of Saratoga in 1920. At the age of 19, he enlisted for a year in the Company A, 123rd New York Volunteers, from Washington County and mustered out 5 September 1865 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 for New York State and was paid $600.
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals like George Potter that help define this country and our community. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world political development. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the condition of being human.