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.

  • Boland, John H. - Born: Jul. 6, 1843 in New York; Son of John Boland and Mary Horan
    Enlisted from Waddington in 60th NY Inf Co G as Corp on Sep 16, 1861;
    Wounded in the thigh at Lookout Mtn., GA and had his left leg amputated. He mustered out Jul. 17, 1865 at Alexandria, VA. He was a clerk for Noble Hosford and lived in Madrid in 1860. He died in Virginia City, NV in March, 1897 and is buried in Virginia City Cemetery (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1880, newspaper)
  • Seymour, Abram - Born: 1840 in England; Son of Wasson Seymour and Sally Wrought
    Enlisted from Macomb in 106th NY Inf Co C as Pvt on Jul 21, 1862;
    Deserted Jul. 15, 1863 at Harper's Ferry, VA. His parents had separated in 1859 but were both living in Macomb in 1860 (TC, AG, 1860, newspaper)
  • Miller, William Thomas - Born: Jan. 2, 1836 in England; Son of William Miller and Melinda A. Clifton
    Enlisted from Gouverneur in 20th NY Cav Co H as Sgt on Jul 18, 1863;
    Mustered out Jul. 31, 1865 at Ft. Monroe, VA. He died May 3, 1884 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, newspaper, cemetery)
  • Townsley, Henry Sherwood - Born: Dec. 25, 1842 in DeKalb, NY; Son of Elias Page Townsley and Laura B. Hammond
    Enlisted from DeKalb in 11th NY Cav Co I as Corp on Aug 14, 1862;
    Mustered out June 6, 1865 at Memphis, TN. He died Jan. 20, 1917 in Buffalo, NY and is buried in Old DeKalb Cemetery. In 1912, he was living in Durango, Mexico (TC, AG, 1865, cemetery, newspaper, data)
  • Sullivan, Patrick - Born: 1844 in Ireland;
    Enlisted from Canton in 11th NY Cav Co M as Pvt on Dec 30, 1863;
    Discharged May 31, 1865 from Overton Hospital in Memphis, TN. One or more of his children applied for a pension Sep. 27, 1886 (TC, AG, 1865, data)

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:

  • Nov 1, 1864 - 60th NY voted 219 unanimously for Lincoln. They are boys who never turn their back on the enemy.
  • Nov 2, 1864 - Scott's 900: Men report that there is nothing more acceptable to the soldiers than the receipt of a local newspaper. Colonel James B Swain acquitted of charges and returned to his former rank. Present Colonel Sherburn tendered his resignation, but it was not accepted; he was ordered back to the 11th NY Cavalry (Scott's 900)
  • Nov 2, 1864 - Home guards formed throughout the Northern states bordering Canada (in response to the Saint Albans Raid). Company A will meet for drill every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings.
  • Nov 7, 1864 - 2nd Session, 2nd Confederate Congress, convenes
  • Nov 8, 1864 - Lincoln reelected
  • Nov 9, 1864 - 92nd involved in battle of Chaffins Farm. They were deployed as skirmishers on the old Battlefield of Fair Oaks, Co H had seven men; they drove the cavalry back, saw that the rebel works were clear, without support, they got into the ditch and were surrounded and had to surrender.
  • Nov 9, 1864 - For Presidential Election 25,000 to 30,000 men from various hospitals sent home to vote; a large number arrived in Potsdam on a special train.
  • Nov 10, 1864 - NY State Governors race very close. Republican Reuben Fenton elected.
  • Nov 16, 1864 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis talks of enlisting the blacks for confederate service, but only talks about using them for teamsters and building fortifications, and paying their masters for lost labor. This had already been done throughout the war.'
  • Nov 16, 1864 - March to the Sea (to December 21) begins from Atlanta,Georgia
  • Nov 23, 1864 - Where is General Sherman's Army?
  • Nov 23, 1864 - 60th NY (9 November 1864) "On the verge of an eventful campaign." They are getting ready to leave Atlanta. They will carry twenty days rations, the country through which they will march will have to provide the other thirty days rations. No destination is known to the Army.
  • Nov 29, 1864 - Battles of Spring Hill (Tennessee) and Sand Creek (Colorado Territory)
  • Nov 30, 1864 - No information on "General Sherman's great movement." However the Savannah News of Nov 21, 1864 reports of "impending doom" for Sherman's Army.
  • Nov 30, 1864 - New York City voted for McClelland almost 2 to 1.
  • Nov 30, 1864 - There is a daring attempt to burn NY City hotels. Many hotels and Barnum's Museum torched but fires were extinguished before major damage.
  • Nov 30, 1864 - Another article states that: Tobacco and Smoking tobacco bad for you!
  • Nov 30, 1864 - Battle of Franklin (Tennessee)

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events