St Lawrence County Historical Association

Collections Manager Position

The St Lawrence County Historical Association (SLCHA) is seeking a candidate to fill the open Collections Manager (CM) position. The CM reports to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include management of the SLCHA's artifact and archival collections, as well as oversight of public outreach efforts including both on- and off-site programs. A Bachelor's degree in history or related field required. Professional or volunteer experience in museum or special collections field preferred. More…

Annual Meeting

The Capitol at Washington (Franke)

The Capitol at Washington, a re-strike printed from the original copper plate engraving made in 1889 by M. Franke, is being raffled off at the St Lawrence County Historical Association's 67th Annual Meeting at the United Methodist Church, 183 Main Street, Edwards on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The meeting, which will run from 11 am - 2 pm, includes a visit to the new Edwards History Center. The public is invited and you do not have to be a member of the SLCHA to attend. Lunch is $10 per person and pre-registration is required for lunch. More…

Civil War Veterans

John Austin has contributed a database of Civil War veterans from St Lawrence County. It consists of information on some 6,800 people who served in the Civil War. These are 5 of the people in the database; you can visit and search the data.

  • Sykes, Harlan - Born: Jul. 21, 1847 in Canton, NY; Son of Edwin J. Sykes and Clarissa C. ____
    Enlisted from Canton in 4th MI Cav Co G as Pvt on Nov 2, 1863;
    Died Mar. 15, 1869 near Maitland, Ontario of injuries received when he was robbed and thrown from a train on his way to Chicago. Jack McFall of Prescott later confessed to being the one who organized the robbery (TC, 1860, 1865, newspaper)
  • Bailey, Luman - Born: Jul. 19, 1838 in Canton, NY; Son of Clapp Bailey and Belina Dunn
    Enlisted from Canton in 1st NY Mar Art Co D as Stew on May , 1861;
    Transferred into the US Navy as a steward aboard the USS Pioneer, then transferred to the USS Pawnee and was discharged Feb. 9, 1864. He died Nov. 7, 1911 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Canton (TC, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery)
  • Gollinger, John - Born: May 1835 in Canada;
    Enlisted from Lisbon in 6th NY Cav Co K as Corp on Oct 23, 1861;
    Mustered out Sep. 5, 1865 at Elmira, NY and lived in Canton in 1890 and 1900. He is listed in the Lisbon and Oswegatchie TC records (TC, AG, 1865, 1890, 1900)
  • Wilson, Leonard A. - Born: Aug. 19, 1844 in Waddington, NY; Son of Alexander Wilson and Mary McLaughlin
    Enlisted from Waddington in 60th NY Inf Co G as Pvt on Oct 26, 1861;
    Captured Mar. 16, 1865 near Black River, NC and paroled. He mustered out Jul. 17, 1865 at Alexandria, VA. He lived most of his life after the war in Potsdam and died there of pneumonia Dec. 26, 1926. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Norwood. He married Sarah Drake during the war, then Sarah Bennett and finally Frances Gorrie of Potsdam. He lived in Madrid in 1865 (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, newspaper, data)
  • Russell, George H. - Born: Nov. 1837 in Parishville, NY; Son of Alexis Russell and Elizabeth Higley
    Enlisted from Colton in 11th NY Cav Co E as Pvt on Aug 14, 1862;
    Died in Parishville(?) Mar. 18, 1863 and buried in Colton in Pleasant Mound Cemetery. AG report and Colton TC record say he actually died in Poolsville, MD. He is listed in the Colton TC record and is listed as living in Colton in 1860. He also appears in the 1865 census for Pierrepont. His parents still lived in Parishville in 1860 (AG, 1860, 1865, TC, cemetery, newspaper)

If a name appears in bold, the person died as a result of their service.

St Lawrence County War of 1812 History Trail

War of 1812 Historic SignThe War of 1812 happened right here in our own backyard in St Lawrence County, yet few people are aware of what happened and where. The War of 1812 Virtual Trail is meant to educate us about these important events that shaped our young nation.

Stroll through these sites online or - better yet - make a copy and enjoy a pleasant drive exploring where important events of the War of 1812 happened in St Lawrence County.

Visit the trail

Who are these Civil War officers?

We have located two stereo pairs of the officers of the New York 60th taken at Fauquier Sulphur Springs, Virginia during the Civil War. Some of the people in the picture have been identified. See enlargements of the faces and help us identify more people in the picture. See the picture and help us identify more people in it

Coming Events

Civil War Sesquicentennial

150 years ago this month:

  • Oct 4, 1864 - 106th NY (Sept 21, 1864) Battle of Opequon that occurred on 19 September casualties listed: 11 Killed or mortally wounded, 41 wounded, and 2 missing. Battle at Fisher Hill: 1 Officer killed, 2 men wounded
  • Oct 5, 1864 - Battle of Allatoona (Georgia)
  • Oct 9, 1864 - Battle of Tom's Brook (Virginia)
  • Oct 12, 1864 - 92nd NY In the battle of Chaffin's Farm: 13 killed or mortally wounded, 10 wounded, and 6 missing. As of 2 Oct, only 44 men present and one Commissioned officer. Lt George S. Thompson in command of regiment.
  • Oct 12, 1864 - Doctor WQ Mansfield, formerly Assistant Surgeon of the 92nd NY, was appointed Surgeon in Chief of the 2nd Brigade of the 18th Corps of the Army of the Potomac.
  • Oct 18, 1864 - Wide Awakes return for Lincoln in Norfolk, NY (a Republican party organization of young men)
  • Oct 19, 1864 - In the last draft call of 500,000 men, St Lawrence County was require to raise 1100 new recruits; 1700 stepped forward.
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Saint Albans, Vermont Raid, Confederate soldiers dressed in civilian clothes robbed banks in Saint Albans then escaped to Canada. Seven captured in US had $50,000 on them. Twelve captured in Canada were held in Montréal. A regiment of US Troops were stationed in Saint Albans after the raid.
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Cedar Creek, Virginia
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Cedar Creek, Virginia - 106th NY Infantry - 12 Killed, 40 wounded, 3 missing
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Cedar Creek, Virginia - 6th NY Heavy Artillery - 26 killed, 52 wounded 16 missing
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Battle of Cedar Creek (Virginia)
  • Oct 23, 1864 - Battle of Westport (Missouri)
  • Oct 26, 1864 - (dated 23 Oct 1864) 13 of the rebel raiders (of Saint Albans, Vermont) are in jail in Montréal, they are mostly young men from Kentucky. They insist that they are in rebel service and are confident that they will be released.
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Because Black Union POWs were used in the construction of rebel trenches, General Butler demanded that rebel POWs be used for the same tasks at Dutch Gap canal within rifle shot of the rebel troops. General Lee stopped this practice and sent black POWs back to Richmond. General Butler stopped his retaliation immediately.
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Darbytown Road, Virginia - through October 29
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Darbytown Road, Virginia - 142nd Infantry - 21 killed, 78 wounded, 3 missing
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Darbytown Road, Virginia - 92nd NY Infantry - (2nd Fair Oaks) 2 killed, 3 wounded, 26 missing
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Battle of Burgess' Mill/Boydron Plank Road (Virginia)

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events