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.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Edgar W. Potter, New York Civil War Veteran

From Potter Profiles, volume 12, 1987, page 5:

"I certify, on honor, that Edgar W. Potter, a 1st Sgt. of Captain C.W. Ayres Company A of the 9th Regiment of Cavalry Volunteers, of the State of New York, born in Cattaraugus, State of New York, aged 23 years, 5 feet, 10 inches high; light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer, having joined the company on its original organization at Warren, NY, and enrolled in it at the msuter into the service of the United States at Westfield, NY, on the 5th day of October, 1861, and was mustered in service as a Veteran Volunteer by Capt. J. M. Kern. A.C. of the 1st Cavalry Division at Culpeper, VA, on the 20th day of December, 1863 to serve in the Regiment for the term of three years and having served honestly and faithfully with his company in the 9th NY Cavalry to the present date is now entitled to a DISCHARGE by reason of being killed in action near Old Church, VA, on May 30th 1864.

The said 1st Sgt. Edgar W. Potter was last paid by Paymaster Sawyer to include the 29th day of February, 1864, and has pay due him from that time to the present date; he is entitled to pay and subsistence for traveling to place of enrollment, and whatever other allowances are authorized to volunteer soldiers, drafter men, or militia, so discharged. He has received from the United States Clothing amounting to $9.23, since the 1st day of January 1864, when his clothing account was last settled. He has received from the United States $60.00 advanced Bounty  and second installment of Bounty $50.00 (was it 60 cents and 50 cents for it next says clearly) Total $1.

Given in Duplicate at Wilson's Landing, this 27th day of June 1864. (Signed) C.W. Ayers, Capt. 9th New York Cavalry.

The Potter Profiles reader who, back in 1987, submitted this said it came from The Cattaraugus Star, 1926.

((There were two more pages to this file; please stay tuned.))