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Federal (USV)


Thaddeus S. Potter

(1838 - 1902)

Home State: Illinois

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

He enlisted in Company H, 8th Ohio Infantry at age 23 as Corporal on 24 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He deserted 1 December 1862, but returned on 8 March 1863. Appointed Sergeant, date not given. Mustered out with his Company on 13 July 1864.

After the War

He had lived in Elyria, OH, but was listed as living in Dixon, IL at the time of the Regimental Reunion at Gettysburg in September 1887.

References & notes

Basic information from Sawyer1. Details from the State Roster, family genealogists, and a death notice in the Elyria (OH) Chronicle-Telegram of 2 October 1902. Potter wrote On Skirmish: Gallant Behavior of the 8th Ohio at Gettysburg in The National Tribune of 31 January 1895.


03/1838; Dixon, IL


09/24/1902; Dixon, IL


1   Sawyer, Franklin, and George A. Groot, editor, A Military History of the 8th Regiment Ohio Vol. Inf'y, Cleveland: Fairbanks & Co., Printers, 1881, pp. 226 - 230  [AotW citation 14845]