Jonah Sanford30 Elm Street, Potsdam, NY
By: Hans Kuno
Jonah Sanford, served as a Union General of the 92nd Excelsior Regiment formed in Potsdam, NY in 1861. Sanford was instrumental in the recruitment effort for the Regiment, in addition to helping establish the grounds on which they drilled known as Camp Union. Sanford served as
General of the regiment for about a year before resigning due to health concerns.
Sanford had prior experience serving his country before enlisting in 1861, having served in the War of 1812 and the Battle of Plattsburgh. This tradition of service to country was carried over to his children and family in which seven enlisted into various roles during the Civil War.
A native of Vermont, Sanford moved to Hopkinton with his wife shortly after the War of 1812. Sanford owned property at 30 Elm in Potsdam, but spent most of his time in Hopkinton.
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