Carpet Bag Identified to Capt. R.A. Potter, 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Plus
Carpet bag with a floral design identified to Capt. Robert A. Potter, 14 x 18 in.
In the 1850s, people from middle and lower classes traveled more, creating the need for affordable luggage. Manufacturers filled that demand by creating carpet bags. Soldiers during the Civil War carried carpet bags to camp either when they enlisted or when they returned from furlough. The bag offered in this lot is identified to Capt. R.A. Potter of the 2nd CT Art. Co. H. According to research, several buckles resembling the one on this bag have been exhumed on battlefields.
Robert A. Potter enlisted on July 25, 1862. He was commissioned into 2nd CT Heavy Artillery Co. D. and a 2nd lieut., but transferred twice to Co. A and Co. E for promotions. Potter most likely owned the bag sometime around 1864, after his commission as capt.
Also included in the lot is a copy of the History of the Second Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery. Originally the Nineteenth Connecticut Vols. by Theodore F. Vaill. Published by Winsted Printing Company, 1868.
The bag has some fraying of the handle and some missing parts of the fabric. The identifying inscription is very clear.