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…

Remington Arts Festival

Hung Up, sketch by Frederic Remington

Frederic Remington and "Has" Rasbeck take on the Oswegatchie River in Hung Up, an illustration from Remington's article Black Water and Shallows. Find out what happened on this unforgettable journey from Cranberry Lake towards the St Lawrence River when Allen and Marilyn Splete present Remington on the Water: Cranberry Lake and the Oswegatchie River, at noon on Thursday, September 25th, 2014, at the St Lawrence County Historical Association. This Brown Bag Lunch program is part of the 13th Annual Remington Arts Festival and coincides with the opening of the exhibit Remington and Rasbeck Run the River.

(Hung Up, from the article Black Water and Shallows by Frederic Remington, originally published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, August 1893; from the Richard Myers Collection at the SLCHA.)

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.

  • Fisk, Bateman - Born: Apr. 6, 1830 in Moira, NY; Son of Rufus Fisk and Lydia Sanders
    Enlisted from Lawrence in 60th NY Inf Co I as Pvt on Sep 24, 1861;
    Sick in hospital Jul. 2, 1863 and was wounded in both legs at Petersburg, VA in 1864. He died in Nicholville Mar. 18, 1916 and is buried in Mound Hill Cemetery in Nicholville (TC, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery, newspaper)
  • Russell, Isaac A. - Born: 1835 in New York; Son of Alexis Russell and Elizabeth Higley
    Enlisted from Pierrepont in 16th NY Inf Co H as Pvt on Apr 30, 1861;
    Died of disease Nov. 16, 1861 at Brigade Hospital in Alexandria, VA. This family lived in Parishville in 1850. He is listed in the Potsdam and Stockholm TC records but not in Pierrepont's (TC, AG, 1850, 1865, newspaper)
  • Pelsue, George - Born: Dec. 22, 1820 in Stockholm, NY; Son of George Pelsue and Phoebe Newell
    Enlisted from Colton in 106th NY Inf Co K as Pvt on Aug 2, 1862;
    Transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps Jan. 16, 1864 and mustered out June 30, 1865 at Washington, DC. He died of pneumonia Dec. 6, 1880 and is buried in Pleasant Mound Cemetery in Colton (TC, AG, 1860, cemetery, newspaper, data)
  • Ayers, Orville - Born: 1846 in Gouverneur, NY; Son of Ebenezer Ayers and Laura Smith
    Enlisted from Gouverneur in 92nd NY Inf Co I as Pvt on Oct 28, 1861;
    Discharged for disability Apr. 16, 1862 at Washington, DC. He then re-enlisted into the 20th NY Cav. Co. H Jul. 27, 1863 and was mustered out Jul. 31, 1865 at Ft. Monroe, VA. He died of pneumonia May 31, 1893 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur (AG, 1860, 1890, cemetery, newspaper)
  • Robinson, John - Born: May 1823(?) in Ireland; Son of Alexander Robinson and Eliiza Ashenhurst
    Enlisted from Lisbon in 6th NY H Art Co M as Pvt on Jan 4, 1864;
    Had one finger of his right hand shot off May 30, 1864 at Bethesda Church, VA and discharged for disability Jul. 15, 1864. Lisbon TC record says he came home on furlough and deserted to Canada (TC, AG)

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:

  • Sep 2, 1864 - Atlanta won! 60th NY and 111th Pennsylvania both hoisted their flags about noon on September 2 on the Courthouse in Atlanta. Both belong to Geary's Division of the 20th Corps. The flag raised by the 60th was the same flag presented to the regiment in January from the ladies of Ogdensburg.
  • Sep 2, 1864 - Atlanta Campaign totals for 60th NY Infantry - 15 killed, 52 wounded, 1 missing
  • Sep 2, 1864 - Atlanta occupied by Union troops (Georgia)
  • Sep 14, 1864 - St Lawrence County has 26 excess enlistments, no draft.
  • Sep 19, 1864 - 3rd Battle of Winchester (Virginia)
  • Sep 21, 1864 - 40 men enlisted from Potsdam, full quota, and also credited with several Naval enlistments; no draft in Potsdam and probably not in County.
  • Sep 21, 1864 - Dried Apples for soldiers - women of St Lawrence County asked to dry apples to send to soldiers as well as canned tomatoes too!
  • Sep 21, 1864 - 92nd NY is in camp at Point of Rock on the James River. The time of enlistment for the regiment is out on the 7th of November.
  • Sep 21, 1864 - 106th NY - Tiffany of NY is preparing a new flag for the regiment. It will be regulation size and have battles embroidered upon it.
  • Sep 22, 1864 - Battle of Fisher's Hill (Virginia)
  • Sep 22, 1864 - Battle of Pilot Knob (Missouri)
  • Sep 29, 1864 - 60th NY started for Chattanooga to escort several dispensers of greenbacks belonging to the 20th Corps. Captain Elliott remains in command. Colonel Ireland, commander of the brigade, died suddenly.
  • Sep 29, 1864 - Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia - through October 1
  • Sep 29, 1864 - Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia - 142nd NY Infantry - 16 killed, 44 wounded, 7 missing
  • Sep 29, 1864 - Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia - 92nd NY Infantry - 13 killed, 16 wounded, 6 missing
  • Sep 29, 1864 - Battle of Peebles' Farm (to October 2) and Chaffin's Farm / Fort Harrison (to October 1) (Virginia)

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events