★ ★  Potter, Robert Brown

Robert Brown Potter


Born: July 16, 1829

Birthplace: Schenectady, New York

Father: Bishop Alonzo Potter 1800 – 1865

Mother: Sarah Maria Nott 1799 – 1839

Wife: Abigail Austin “Abby” Stevens 1836 – 1913
(Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York)​


Robert Burnside Potter 1869 – 1934​
(Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York)​
Warwick Potter 1870 – 1893​
(Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York)​
Austin Potter 1873 – 1944​
(Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley, Massachusetts)​


Attended Union College​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in New York City, New York​

Civil War Career:

1861: Served in New York State Militia, rising to Lt.​
1861: Major of 51st New York Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 51st New York Infantry Regiment​
1862: Wounded in the hip at the Battle of New Bern, North Carolina​
1862: Regimental Commander, Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1862 – 1863: Colonel of 51st New York Infantry Regiment​
1862: Slightly wounded twice at the Battle of Antietam, Maryland​
1863: Suffered from the effects of Chronic Diarrhea​
1863 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1863: Division Commander in the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi​
1863: Corps Commander during the Knoxville Campaign​
1864: Recruiter for the Union Army in New York​
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1864: Division Commander in the Overland Campaign​
1864 – 1865: Division Commander at Siege of Petersburg, Virginia​
1865: Severely Wounded at attack before Fort Sedgwick, Virginia​
1865: Wound was to pelvic cavity and went out left side of buttock​
1865: Brevetted Major General for his service in the war​
1865: Union Army Commander of Rhode Island & Connecticut District​
1865: Promoted to Major General in Union Army on his wedding day​
1865 – 1866: Major General of Union Army Volunteers​
1866: Mustered out of the Union Army on January 15th

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1869: Receiver for Atlantic and Great Western Railroad Co.​
1869 – 1873: Went Abroad and Lived in Europe​
1873 – 1887: Citizen of Newport, Rhode Island​

Died: February 19, 1887

Place of Death: Newport, Rhode Island

Cause of Death: Softening of the Brain

Age at time of Death: 57 years old

Burial Place: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New Yor
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
This bio lists him as a recruiter in New York for the Union Army, this must have been for a fairly short time as it was Between Knoxville where he led a Corps and the Overland Campaign where he led a division.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
As a division commander at Vicksburg he was part of the force posted to watch out for Gen. Joseph Johnston's relieving force. He took part in the recapture of Jackson, Miss. He served as Corps commander at Knoxville then returned to Virginia as a commander of one of its four divisions.This division was led through the Overland and Petersburg campaigns before being wounded in the final assaults of Petersburg. For this he was brevetted Major General on August 1, 1864.


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May 3, 2013
Two different biographys, two different details. This bio states he was wounded at Fort Sedgwick while another name's the place as Fort Stedman.
His wiki biography is a little misleading when it states "He was wounded in an assault on the Confederate works following the Battle of Fort Stedman." The assault on the Confederate work was Part of the Third Battle of Petersburg on April 2, 1865. Potter's Division was positioned near Fort Sedgwick to the left of the Jerusalem Plank Road with orders to assault Confederate Fort Mahone. Potter was wounded during the assault.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Edward Ferrero (later general) was the original Colonel of the 51st New York. Potter was probably it's second colonel as he was the commanding officer by the time 2nd. Manassas occured.