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Subject: [PABLAIR] DEATH OF LIEUT. STEPHEN C. POTTS BLAIR CO., PA.
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 13:11:11 EDT


Democratic Standard Newspaper, Hollidaysburg, Blair Co., PA
Wednesday morning - Dec. 24, 1862

Lieut. Stephen C. Potts - So abundantly has our county contributed to the
immense army now in the field that scarcely an engagement of any magnitude
occurs without numbering among its killed and wounded some gallant son from our
mountain district - some loved one from some happy home amongst us. The last
battle furnished no exception to this melancholy observation, and whilst a number
of our men were wounded, Lieut. Stephen C. Potts, son of George Potts, Esq.,
formerly of this place and recently of Altoona, was killed whilst manfully
performing his duty at the head of his company upon the bloody field of
Fredericksburg.
He was the First Lieutenant of Company M, Capt. Crozier, and 62d Regiment,
Penn'a Volunteers, Col. Sweitzer, late of Col. Black's regiment. This company,
it will be remembered, was formed in the summer of 1861, of volunteers from
Altoona and this place, foremost among whom in zeal and patriotism was young
Potts. He had served in the three months service, and, burning with the ardor
and enthusiasm of youth, he desired again to serve his country. No hardships nor
perils of the camp and field, no attractions and fasinations of home, strong
enough they were, were suffcient to curb his desires or thwart his steadfast
purpose. In all his relations he was correct and esteemed- of a kindly and
amiable disposition-of generous impulses-and a gallant, fearless soldier, through
scarcely twenty-one at the time of his death. By his many noble qualities he
was endeared to a large circle of friends, and his young life was not laid down
without the tears and regrets of many who respected him living for his
virtues, and will mourn him dead as a hero.
His remains were brought to this place for interment, on last Sunday at two
o'clock, and , preceded by Van Tries' Coronet Band and a military escort, and
followed by a long procession of citizens, were buried in the Presbyterian
Cemetery. The day was bitter cold, but it did not prevent an unusually large
number of our citizens from paying the last sad tribute of respect to the brave boy
who so freely poured out his young heart's blood upon the gastly field of
Fredericksburg.



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