Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Edgar W. Potter, Civil War Veteran, New York, Part 2

This post is Part 2 of a 3-part posting on Edgar W. Potter who served in the Civil War from New York. I included images of his Civil War papers in Volume 12, May 1987, of my periodical Potter Profiles. Here is a transcript:


State of New York,  Town of Covington

I, Edgar W. Potter, born in Cattaraugus in the State of New York, aged 22 years, and by occupation a farmer, DO HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have volunteered this 20th day of De3ember, 1863, to serve as a soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay, rations and clothing,as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, Edgar W. Potter, do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whosoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.

Sworn and subscribed to at Culpeper, VA, on this 20th day of December 1863, before (can't read) and signed on the line by Edger W. Potter.

I certify, on honor, that I have carefully examined the above-named Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that, in my opinion, he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity which would in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier. (signatures of the two examining surgeons)

I certify, on honor, that I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, Edgar W. Potter, previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able-bodies soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service.

This soldier has blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, is 5 feet, 10 inches high. (signed) ?? Watson, 1st Lt., 10th Regiment of ??? Volunteers, recruiting officer.

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