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19th century walking stick of Mjr. Genl. Robert B. Potter – 51st New York Infantry



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19th century walking stick of Mjr. Genl. Robert B. Potter – 51st New York Infantry (Image1)
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This pleasing malacca wood cane with the gold monogramed R. B. P. band will best be described here by our photo illustrations except to advise that it was acquired from an established collection where it was attributed to late Major General Robert B. Potter. Potter enlisted on October 12, 1861 as a Major , Field & Staff 51st New York Infantry. He was quickly promoted to Lt. Colonel on November 1, 1861 and was awarded command as Colonel of the 51st N. Y. Infantry on September 20, 1862. Col. Potter was promoted to Brig. General on March 29, 1863 then Bvt. Major General, August 1. 1865 and Major General on September 29, 1865. He took part in Burnside's expedition to North Carolina, led the assault at Roanoke Island, was wounded at New Berne, and participated in the battles of Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, Antietam where he took part in the assault on the stone bridge and was wounded and Fredericksburg. Potter commanded a division at Vicksburg, the siege of Knoxville and commanded a division in the Wilderness campaign and was severely wounded during the final assault on Petersburg. ( see: The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History by John F. Schmutz) Affiliated with the Atlantic & Great Western Rail Road after the Civil War, Gen. Potter died in Newport R. I> in 1887 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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