Yes, that's what I would assume; but, since Andrew subsequently received a pension after 1917 (the Army Invalid pension) I would guess that his file remained "live" and might have been passed along into the St. Louis records.
How can I ask the Washington or St Louis Archive if they have the record?
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Dear Mr. Martin,
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Please email both the National Archives at Washington, DC (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org and the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) at email@example.com to inquire about these files. Please attach images of the pension index cards you have located to your request.
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Also, pension files may be in the custody of the Department of Veterans Affairs if they were still active in 1955 when the inactive files were transferred to the National Archives. Even though he died in 1940, his file may have still been active if there was a surviving dependent collecting benefits. If neither RDT1 nor RL-SL have these files, please file a FOIA request with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their FOIA website is https://www.va.gov/foia/
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Thank you Jason.
I've been struggling with how to approach this problem for months and your response is a really clear, helpful path. Thanks!
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Did you know that Andrew Potete attended the 1938 75th anniversary Gettysburg Reunion of the Blue and Gray? Even tho' he did not fight at the battle he would have been one of only a mere handful of USCT veterans who were there.
He is listed on the roster as living in Kansas City MO. His personal history is a varied one in both Kansas and Oklahoma -but he lived a very full life!
I did not know that. Fantastic information; thanks so much!
Where did you find the Gettysburg information? Andrew does have an amazing history... do you have anything else?
I did believe he was living in Kansas City the last few years of his life. Good to have that confirmed.
I've been able to answer my own question ... and for the benefit of others that might be curious, here it is.
This appears to be quite rare information; I could only find it in 2 places.
The first is someone's extensive effort to alphabetize the attendee list and correct obvious errors in the original:
The second is the original (and quite poorly named and poorly formulated) documentation found at the Internet Archive. This version does have an extensive description of the event: