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Civil War Soldiers - Potts

Potts, Benjamin F., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Carroll county, Ohio, Jan. 29, 1836. He attended Westminster college at New Wilmington, Pa., for a time, but did not graduate, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1859, subsequently practicing his profession in Carroll county. At the beginning of the Civil war he raised a company, of which he was elected captain and which became a part of the 32nd Ohio, and he was present with his regiment at Cheat mountain and Greenbrier, at McDowell and Franklin in the spring of 1862, and subsequently was with Gen. Fremont in his pursuit of Jackson, where he was engaged at Cross Keys and Port Republic. The regiment was subsequently ordered to Cleveland for reorganization, Capt. Potts was commissioned its lieutenant- colonel, and on Dec. 28, was made its colonel. Col. Potts then joined Grant at Memphis and took part in the Vicksburg campaign, distinguishing himself at Port Gibson, Raymond, Jackson and Champion's hill. He commanded a brigade in Sherman's expedition to Meridian and subsequently in the Georgia campaign, distinguishing himself again in the movements at Big Shanty, Kennesaw mountain and in the battles near Atlanta. He was also engaged at Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station, and was in the engagements of Sherman's army in the Carolinas. He was promoted brigadier-general, Jan. 15, 1865, and was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services during the war. Gen. Potts was mustered out, Jan. 15, 1866, and afterwards engaged in the practice of law at Carrollton, Ohio. He died, June 17, 1887.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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