St Lawrence County Historical Association

Chair Caning

Chair in the process of being caned

Coming in March - Chair Caning and Splint Seat Caning!

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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.

  • McDonald, Archibald - Born: 1840 in Canada;
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in 18th NY Inf Co K as Pvt on Oct 12, 1861;
    Mustered out May 28, 1863 at Albany, NY. (TC, AG, 1860)
  • Kyle, Hugh M. - Born: Mar. 29, 1824 in Cornwall, ON; Son of Robert Kyle and Elizabeth ______
    Enlisted from Norfolk in 39th NY Inf Co D as Pvt on Sep 13, 1864;
    Mustered out June 7, 1865 near Alexandria, VA. He married Adeline Gooshaw. He died Dec. 29, 1916 and is buried in Kyle Cemetery in Norfolk (AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery, newspaper)
  • Capell, William Harvey - Born: 1843 in Parishville, NY; Son of William P. Capell and Mary ________
    Enlisted from Brasher in 6th NY H Art Co B as Pvt on Aug 31, 1864;
    Mustered out June 28, 1865 at Petersburg, VA. He lived in Brasher Falls in 1890 and died of a heart attack in the Brasher Falls Post Office January 8, 1912. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Brasher (TC, AG, 1865, 1890, newspaper, cemetery)
  • Wood, Marshall L. - Born: 1837 in Vermont; Son of Esther ________
    Enlisted from Potsdam in 92nd NY Inf Co C as Pvt on Oct 24, 1861;
    Died of typhoid fever May 22, 1862 at Yorktown, VA. He married Nancy Bradish in Canton Feb. 25, 1861 and she lived in Colton in 1890 (AG, 1850, 1860, 1865, 1890, data)
  • Powell, Carlton E. - Born: Jan. 6, 1846 in Great Bend, NY; Son of Anson Powell and Mary Fowler
    Enlisted from Canton in 1st NY L Art Batt E as Pvt on Sep 1, 1864;
    Discharged July 1, 1865 at Elmira, NY and died in Hermon Oct. 24, 1905. He and his wife Flora Barker Powell are buried in Old Hermon Cemetery (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, newspaper, cemetery)

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

Civil War Sesquicentennial

150 years ago this month:

  • Jan 4, 1865 - Cavalry is organizing for defense in Clinton County
  • Jan 5, 1865 - 98th New York - The new Regiment's Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kreutzer, maintains the regiment as a good organization. He looks to add recruits from Clinton and Franklin Counties.
  • Jan 5, 1865 - Major Andrew McDonald of 106th New York made escape from Prison near Columbia, South Carolina. He made it through to the Sherman lines and returned to New York City by steamer.
  • Jan 5, 1865 - 60th New York Infantry - letter from Captain Percy Shelly Sinclair written from Savannah. He said that he and the men of Co E were in high spirits and well. They had been "fared sumptuously" in the Great March through Georgia.
  • Jan 11, 1865 - Sailor from Potsdam on USS Susquehanna during 1st Fort Fisher attempt, 25th Dec 1864; the ship sailed away 28 Dec 1864.
  • Jan 11, 1865 - 92nd New York Regiment in Albany to muster out. There are only 75 men and 7 officers.
  • Jan 11, 1865 - 16th New York Cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley at Aldie and Middleburg.
  • Jan 13, 1865 - 2nd Union attack on Fort Fisher (to the 15th)
  • Jan 15, 1865 - Fort Fisher, North Carolina, falls to Union naval and land forces
  • Jan 18, 1865 - Fort Fisher Taken! (January 15, 1865)
  • Jan 18, 1865 - General Benjamin F Butler removed from Command of the Army of the James
  • Jan 18, 1865 - Passports enforced when traveling to Canada. (now a new enforced law going to Canada)
  • Jan 18, 1865 - General N Martin Curtis awarded Medal of Honor for bravery, being the first through the stockade in assault of Fort Fisher, personally led the traverses, wounded four times including loss of his left eye.
  • Jan 18, 1865 - Henry S Webster, Stockholm, United States Navy, landsman[Marine?], USS Susquehanna, awarded the Medal of Honor, carried off the beach a wounded officer at Fort Fisher.
  • Jan 18, 1865 - Alaric B Chapin, Private, Co G 142nd New York Infantry, awarded Medal of Honor for, in advance of the assault, chopping down the palisades to allow the army to attack Fort Fisher.
  • Jan 19, 1865 - Carolinas Campaign begins at Savannah, Georgia (to April 26)
  • Jan 25, 1865 - 60th New York in Savannah, Georgia duty as Provost-Marshal. This includes all kinds of judgment in civil courts.
  • Jan 25, 1865 - New Regiment being raised in Potsdam by Major John C Gilmore (formerly from the 16th New York). New regiment became the 193rd New York Infantry. Another letter asks recruits to join the "Old 60th New York"; it made more sense to join in a veteran Regiment.
  • Jan 26, 1865 - General Newton Martin Curtis wounded at Fort Fisher, more severely than previously reported. [4 wounds]

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events