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 Robert Brown Potter

Robert Brown Potter

Birth
Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA
Death 19 Feb 1887 (aged 57)
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Section 5, Arbor Plot, Lot 2447
Memorial ID 8045 · View Source
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Civil War Union Major General. Born in Schenectady, New York, he was working as an attorney in New York City, New York when he joined the New York Rifles militia as a Private at the start of the Civil War. Promoted Major in the 51st New York Volunteer Infantry, he participated in March 1862 expedition to North Carolina, the August 1862 Battle of Cedar Mountain and at the September 1862 Battle of Antietam. Promoted to Brigadier General, US Volunteers in March 1863, he led his troops at Petersburg and he was the only division commander present at the disastrous July 1864 Federal attack at the Battle of the Crater. During the final attack on the Petersburg, April 2, 1865, he was severely wounded and was removed from the field. He was promoted Major General, US Volunteers on September 29, 1865 and mustered out of the service in January 1866. After the war, he worked as receiver of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 8 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8045
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Brown Potter (16 Jul 1829–19 Feb 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8045, citing Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .