#Onthisday in 1940, Civil War Soldier George Potter passed away.
The Saratogian reported on 22 March 1920 that Saratoga’s last surviving Civil War Veteran passed away. 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.
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.