St Lawrence County Historical Association

Happy Holidays!

Mantel decorated for the Holidays

In order for staff and volunteers to make sure that all the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the St Lawrence County Historical Association will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015. The SLCHA’s museum and archives will reopen to the public at noon on Friday, January 2, 2015. The SLCHA’s members, staff, trustees, and volunteers look forward to more history being made in 2014.

The SLCHA Gift Shop carries holiday fare that will make visions of sugar plums dance in your head, such as marbles, pickup sticks, jacks, and history books for children and adults alike. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on these and most other items in the gift shop, which will be open for holiday shoppers through December 23rd at 4 pm.

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.

  • Van Dyke, Levi - Born: 1834 in Canada; Son of Benjamin Van Dyke and Lucinda _______
    Enlisted from Potsdam in 142nd NY Inf Co E as Pvt on Sep 1, 1862;
    Shot in the temple in action Jul. 6, 1864 and discharged for disability Sep. 15, 1864. He enlisted in Oswegatchie. He died Sep. 16, 1899 and is buried in Hewittville Cemetery in Potsdam (AG, 1890, cemetery, data)
  • Stiles, George H. - Born: 1833 in New York; Son of David B. Stiles and Rebecca Downer(?)
    Enlisted from DeKalb in 106th NY Inf Co I as Pvt on Aug 1, 1862;
    Died of typhoid fever Nov. 4, 1862 at Cumberland, MD and is buried in Antietam National Cemetery in Grave 25/H/809. The TC record says he died in a skirmish with Rebel cavalry Nov. 21, 1862. (TC, AG, 1865, cemetery)
  • Hayes, James - Born: 1837 in Ireland;
    Enlisted from Potsdam in 16th NY Inf Co H as Pvt on Apr 30, 1861;
    Mustered out May 22, 1863 at Albany, NY and re-enlisted into the 14th NY H. Art. Co. E. He was captured Mar 25, 1865 and paroled Mar. 30, 1865. He mustered out June 17, 1865 at Camp Parole, Annapolis, MD. He had died by 1906 (TC, AG, 1865, NMC)
  • Wright, Augustus E. - Born: 1842;
    Enlisted from Madrid in 106th NY Inf Co G as 1st Lt on Jul 26, 1862;
    Mustered out June 22, 1865 near Washington, DC. He drowned in the Grasse River at Madrid Aug. 26, 1866. He and Judson Horsford and John Robinson were in a sailboat that capsized. The other two men escaped. He is buried in Old Madrid Cemetery. He is listed in the Potsdam TC record (TC, AG, cemetery, newspaper)
  • Brown, Stephen Sanford - Born: Feb. 14, 1846 in Ogdensburg, NY;
    Enlisted from Russell in 60th NY Inf Co C as Corp on Oct 8, 1861;
    Mustered out Jul. 17, 1865 at Alexandria, VA. He died Feb. 1, 1930 in St. Joseph, MO and is buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in St. Joseph, MO. He is listed in the Oswegatchie TC record. (TC, AG, 1860, 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:

  • Dec 5, 1864 - 2nd Session, 38th Congress, convenes
  • Dec 7, 1864 - No official report on Sherman's Army only from Southern papers and he does not seem to have run into serious opposition. General Grant says that "the confederacy is a shell and Sherman will prove it."
  • Dec 7, 1864 - General Phil Sheridan's Army rejoining Grant near Petersburg.
  • Dec 7, 1864 - Farmers National Bank started in Malone
  • Dec 7, 1864 - 142nd NY officers mourning Captain John D Ransom who died November 10th from wounds suffered in the 29 Sept Battle.
  • Dec 7, 1864 - 13th NY Cavalry moved to Vienna, Virginia searching for Colonel Mosby in the Blue Ridge Mountains. More border scares in Ogdensburg and Rouses Point. Home guard called out on patrol.
  • Dec 14, 1864 - 92nd in the last campaign lost 27 killed and 137 wounded.
  • Dec 14, 1864 - Sherman Marches on, 14th and 20th Corps in advance.
  • Dec 15, 1864 - Battle of Nashville (Tennessee) (to the 16th)
  • Dec 20, 1864 - EA Merritt appointed Quartermaster General of NY State by Governor Fenton. More soldiers are being exchanged and set free.
  • Dec 21, 1864 - Saint Alban's Raiders released from Montréal Jail. Judge cites lack of jurisdiction.
  • Dec 21, 1864 - Savannah, Georgia, occupied by Union
  • Dec 21, 1864 - Sherman's army takes Savannah on 21 December 1864.
  • Dec 22, 1864 - Steamer "North America" flounders and sinks off the Coast of Florida. The North America was bringing back sick and wounded soldiers from the hospitals of New Orleans to New York. About 200 of the very sick and wounded men drowned when the ship sunk. Many of them were in Scott's 900 and were from St Lawrence County.
  • Dec 22, 1864 - Thomas defeats Hood at Nashville, 15-16 Dec 1864.
  • Dec 24, 1864 - 1st Union attack on Fort Fisher, North Carolina (to the 25th)
  • Dec 25, 1864 - First Battle of Fort Fisher; 142nd NY Infantry - 3 killed, 17 wounded
  • Dec 25, 1864 - William Walling, 142nd NY - Medal of Honor
    While there outside the fort on the landside, waiting for orders to attack which never came, William Walling of the 142nd NY saw a rebel flag fall, cut down by the union bombardment of the Fort. He sprinted across an open plain, crossed a palisade of logs and recovered the flag, taking it back to his line. For this action he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He survived the war, eventually ending up in Potsdam and owning a hardware store. He died June 16, 1912 and is buried in Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam.
  • Dec 29, 1864 - Three St Alban's raiders captured in Concord, New Hampshire. They enlisted in the Union Army hoping to get back to rebel lines on Uncle Sam's expense. Six of the released Rebel Raiders that were set free in Montréal were captured again, including leader Benett Young.

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events