#Onthisday in 1845, Civil War Soldier George Potter was born.
On January 19, 1938, The Saratogian 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. Potter 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 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 Schuylerville. 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.