Charles R Potter

BirthMarch 3, 1840
DeathAug. 1, 1931
CemeteryAlma (Alma)
PostVan Metre (Alma)
Unit19th Iowa Infantry, Company F

Private Charles R Potter

Company F, 19th Iowa Infantry

Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)

Potter was born in Oswego, New York on March 3, 1840. He was living in Grandview (Louisa County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on July 24, 1862. He was mustered on August 21, 1862 and served about 17 months. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corp (VRC) on January 16, 1864 and served an additional 18 months. The VRC was established for the soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from the effects of disease or illness. The unit was assigned to “light duty” and freed up able-bodied soldiers for frontline duty.

The 19th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Keokuk on August 25, 1862. During Potter’s enlistment, the unit fought at the Battle of Prairie Grove (AR) (December 7, 1862). The regiment lost 44 soldiers, 149 were wounded, and 2 were captured. About 10 months later, the regiment was part of the Battle of Stirling’s Plantation (LA) (September 29, 1863). The unit lost 9 soldiers, 24 were wounded, and 211 were captured. The POW’s were sent to Tyler, Texas.

Potter died on August 1, 1931 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Alma Cemetery in Alma (Harlan County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Van Metre Post (#94) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Alma. In addition, he was a charter member and the last member of the Harding Post (#248) in Wilcox. He was also a charter member of the Cooper Post (#342) of the GAR in Axtell.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.