The North Country Civil War Round Table, sponsored by the St Lawrence County Historical Association, is an informal discussion group that centers on the Civil War period. Each meeting focuses on a particular topic related to the Civil War and emphasizes the North Country's role in that turbulent era. The Round Table is free and open to the pubic and light refreshments will be served.
To celebrate Union victory and power, the War Department ordered a grand review of the main Northern armies in Washington, DC in May 1865. "Now This Horrid War is Over - the Grand Review" is the topic of the next North Country Civil War Round Table on Sunday, May 31 at 2 pm at the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House. Stanley Maine will lead a discussion about the grand review of General Grant's and General Sherman's victorious armies, as well as the ensuing demobilization of the Union Army and the return home of the St Lawrence County regiments. The North Country Civil War Roundtable is part of the St Lawrence County Historical Association's Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which was fought from 1861-1865. Around 7,000 men from St Lawrence County enlisted to fight for the Union during the Civil War.
Now This Horrid War is Over is the title of a song written specifically for the men of the 106th and 142nd NY Volunteer Infantry Regiments upon their return home to Ogdensburg in 1865. The song was published by Colonel JCO Redington and CH Clemons of Ogdensburg. The song served as an inspiration for Stanley Maine in preparing this presentation, which will include discussion of the return home and celebration of the main St Lawrence County Regiments after the war. Maine, who lives in Pierrepont, serves as a trustee for the St Lawrence County Historical Association, is chairman of its Building Committee, and is active with both the SLCHA's Civil War Roundtable and the SLCHA's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
The SLCHA Gift Shop is a great way to take some Civil War history home with replica Confederate coins and books like Gallantry in the Field: Potsdam and the Civil War and Life on the Homefront During the Civil War. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on most items in the Gift Shop.
Cassidy Percoco, Collections Manager and CWRT Coordinator
Grand Review, Washington DC
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The St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 8 pm. Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public.The St Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 East Main Street, Canton. Parking is available in the back of the SLCHA, next to the museum's main entrance.
The St Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St Lawrence County history. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail. Exhibits and programs are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.