St Lawrence County Historical Association

Antique & Artisan Show and Sale

Quilt blockComing April 25 at McKenney Middle School, Canton - Antique & Artisan Show and Sale

A block (right) from the Courthouse Steps quilt for the St Lawrence County Historical Association's 25th annual Antique & Artisan Show and Sale Quilt Raffle. The quilt consists of mostly Civil-War era reproduction fabrics and was pieced by SLCHA member Nancy Lafaver of Lisbon.

Looking for a good home for an antique or collectible that you are ready to part with? Consider making a donation to the St Lawrence County Historical Association's silent auction, which is just one part of the SLCHA's 25th annual Antique & Artisan Show and Sale on Saturday, April 25th from 10 am to 4 pm at Canton's McKenney Middle School, 99 State Street.

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Song Featured

In the summer of 1876, just as the presidential campaign was getting under way, Cornelia McFalls of Gouverneur published a poem that was set to music by William F Sudds, also of Gouverneur, and soon became a popular campaign song. Hear the song at SLCHA's Quarterly page.

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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.

  • Fleming, Thomas Henry - Born: Mar. 1, 1846 in Bersford, Quebec; Son of John Fleming and Jennette Elwood
    Enlisted from Pierrepont in 11th NY Cav Co G as Pvt on Dec 31, 1863;
    Killed Apr. 15, 1865 when shot through the heart by a guerilla near Germantown, TN. AG report says date of death was Apr. 18, 1865. TC says he was buried on the hospital grounds in Memphis, but does not appear in the burial list of the National Cemetery there (TC, AG, 1860, 1865)
  • Simpson, Samuel B. - Born: 1830 in Vermont;
    Enlisted from Hopkinton in 15th NY Eng Co G as Pvt on Sep 5, 1864;
    Mustered out June 13, 1865 at Ft. Barry, VA. He lived in Parishville in 1865. He is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Parishville (TC, AG, 1865, cemetery)
  • Keeler, Silas S. - Born: Feb. 14, 1845 in Hammond, NY; Son of Nelson W. Keeler and Caroline Holden
    Enlisted from Hammond in 16th NY H Art Co E as Pvt on Jan 4, 1864;
    Mustered out Aug. 21, 1865 at Washington, DC and lived in Olive, MI in 1870. He moved to Dakota by 1890 and was in Livingston Co. MO in 1900. He died Feb. 16, 1932 (TC, AG, 1860, 1870, 1900, data)
  • Fieldson, George - Born: Jul. 6, 1839 in England; Son of Richard Fieldson and Maria Caroline
    Enlisted from Depeyster in 106th NY Inf Co C as Pvt on Jul 25, 1862;
    Taken prisoner briefly at Harper's Ferry, VA and lost his left forefinger and use of his left hand when wounded at Cold Harbor June 1, 1864. He was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps Sep. 3, 1864 and mustered out Aug. 27, 1865 at Ward's Hospital in Newark, NJ. He married Martha Province in NYC. He lived in Macomb in 1890 and died two miles outside Ogdensburg Feb. 27, 1902. He is buried in Ogdensburg Cemetery (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery, newspaper)
  • Haney, Thomas H. - Born: Nov. 17, 1836 in Potsdam, NY;
    Enlisted from Madrid in 164th NY Inf Co A as Corp on Sep 25, 1862;
    Wounded in action June 16, 1864 at Petersburg, VA, and discharged Aug. 28, 1864. He married Jane O'Brien. He died of pneumonia in Madrid Feb. 23, 1909 and is buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Madrid (AG, 1850, 1860, 1890, newspaper, 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.

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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:

  • Mar 1, 1865 - Fall of Charleston, South Carolina, February 17, 1865.
  • Mar 1, 1865 - Sherman's March northward continues without much opposition they had crossed into North Carolina.
  • Mar 1, 1865 - Both houses of the Louisiana Legislature have ratified an amendatory act abolishing slavery in the United States.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - February 18, 1865, General R E Lee announces that the South will employ blacks in CSA Army.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - Wilmington, North Carolina captured by Union General Terry; a new base for supply for Sherman's Army.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - Battle of Waynesboro (Virginia)
  • Mar 3, 1865 - 2nd (final) Session, 38th Congress, adjourns
  • Mar 4, 1865 - Lincoln reinaugurated
  • Mar 8, 1865 - Battle of Kinston (North Carolina) (to the 10th)
  • Mar 16, 1865 - 142nd New York Infantry has Lieutenant Colonel Albert M Barney mustered as Colonel of 142nd; Major William Jones of Malone to Lieutenant Colonel; N Martin Curtis promoted to Brigadier General of US Volunteers. [Previously Curtis was Brevetted as Brigadier General.] 142nd left for a garrison at Smithville, North Carolina, near Cape Fear
  • Mar 16, 1865 - Battle of Averysboro (North Carolina)
  • Mar 18, 1865 - Brigadier General Newton Martin Curtis arrived home in Ogdensburg, 11 March 1865 after recovering from a headshot wound (above left eye) at Fort Fisher Battle, 15 January 1865.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - Passports order revoked - Canada and US can handle without passports.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - 13th New York Cavalry - Prospect Hill, Virginia, Mosby's Guerillas ambush and surround Co F; 2 killed and 7 wounded, 7 missing and captured, including Albert Shipman. Wounded was Hollis Snell.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - 2nd (final) Session 2nd Confederate Congress, adjourns
  • Mar 19, 1865 - Battle of Bentonville (North Carolina) (to the 21st)
  • Mar 22, 1865 - Wilson's raid (to April 24) south into Alabama
  • Mar 23, 1865 - Several men listed in Franklin and St Lawrence Counties to be drafted.
  • Mar 25, 1865 - Battle of Fort Stedman (Virginia); siege of Mobile, Alabama (to April 12)
  • Mar 29, 1865 - 60th New York Infantry near Fayetteville, North Carolina; Sherman's March North not impeded by Johnston's Army (the Letter was sent 14 March 1865, that was before the Bentonville, North Carolina battle 20 March 1865) Capt Lester Willson commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel and is the commander of the 60th New York. [60th involved with battle at Averysborough, North Carolina (before Bentonville), only as backup for Bentonville on second day.]
  • Mar 29, 1865 - Fort Stedman attacked at Petersburg, Virginia - Rebels capture the Fort but fail to keep it, Union Army retakes the Fort. 14th New York Heavy Artillery in front line of that battle and lost many casualties, including 13 killed, 35 wounded, and 209 missing [supposed mostly captured].
  • Mar 29, 1865 - Captain Charles H Houghton, 14th New York Heavy Artillery, awarded Medal of Honor for bravery at Fort Stedman, 1865.
  • Mar 31, 1865 - Battle of Dinwiddie Court House (Virginia)

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events

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