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North Country Civil War Round Table

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.

  • Sunday, April 22, 2:00 PM - What Were They Thinking?

    Joanna Hickey took the train from Potsdam in June of 1864 to Washington DC. At the Armory Hospital she held in her arms her dying husband Captain Thomas Hickey. He had been fatally wounded a few days earlier at the Battle of Cold Harbor. This scene is Potsdam's Pietà.

    Learn more about this war hero when Jan Wojcik speaks at the next North Country Civil War Round Table on Sunday, April 22, 2 pm at the Potsdam Public Museum on Park Street, Potsdam. What Were They Thinking? examines the life and times of Captain Hickey in Potsdam before the Civil War, and his wartime patriotism and the care he showed for his men, Company A of the 164th Irish Division, which he had helped recruit in Saint Lawrence County. His service is contrasted to that of Wesley Culp, born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, who turned his back – and his rifle – on his hometown while fighting for the Confederacy. Their interwoven stories suggest that the places where they lived nurtured the way they thought about themselves and their duties to their country.

    Jan Wojcik is a member of the Round Table and President of the Board of Trustees of the Potsdam Public Museum. He has presented programs on the Battles of Spotsylvania, Appomattox, women in the Civil War, and Colonel William Elderkin, also of Potsdam, whose trunk had just returned to Potsdam after traveling across America for 150 years.

    Visitors who own items with Civil War provenance are encouraged to bring them to the event for a “show and tell” session before the talk.

  • Sunday, May 20, 2:00 PM - History of Warfare

    Sarah Melville of Clarkson University will present "From Moretown to Gettysburg: A Green Mountain Boy Goes to War"

  • Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, July 29 - Civil War Weekend

    Join us for the Civil War Weekend at Robert Moses State Park in Massena!

  • Sunday, September 23 - Dinner Meeting

    Derek Maxfield, Associate Professor of History at Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY will present "Civil War Ancestors in Peace and in Pieces", explolring the stories of his six great grandfathers who all served for the Union, three of them from St. Lawrence County

    Time, location, menu, cost TBA

  • Sunday, October 28, 2:00 PM - TBA
  • Sunday, November 18, 2:00 PM - TBA

Finding Aid

The SLCHA Archives has recently released a downloadable finding aid for Civil War information

Civil War Graves Project


Cassidy Percoco, Collections Manager and CWRT Coordinator

The St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Thursday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 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.