St Lawrence County Historical Association

Artist was Child of the Civil War

Frederic Remington's illustration 'And the Curved Steel Melts in a Vivid Flash'

A copy of Frederic Remington's illustration "And the Curved Steel Melts in a Vivid Flash", Harper's Weekly, 8/13/1892 is just one example of how his father's Civil War service in the Union cavalry influenced Remington's art. The exhibit Remington and the Civil War is currently on display at the St Lawrence County Historical Association, 3 East Main Street, Canton. (Illustration from the Richard Meyers Collection of the St Lawrence County Historical Association)

When Frederic Remington was born on October 4, 1861 the United States had been waging a Civil War for 6 months. Find out how the war influenced Remington's art in the new exhibit Remington and the Civil War at the St Lawrence County Historical Association, 3 East Main Street, Canton. This exhibit is part of the St Lawrence County Historical Association's Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Fred's father, Seth Pierre Remington, recruited an entire cavalry company in Canton and left for war when Fred was only a few months old. Pierre's service in the Civil War had a deep and lasting impression on Fred, and greatly influenced his artwork. Fred's Uncle Bill and cousin Ella thought that they could often see Remington's father in the artist's depiction of military officers. Remington and the Civil War will be on display through the fall and was curated by SLCHA Collections Manager Sue Longshore.

The SLCHA Gift Shop can satisfy your craving for Remington with ready to frame prints of famous Remington paintings, art stickers, note cards, and books such as Frederic Remington In the Land of His Youth, Frederic Remington- Selected Letters, and The Collected Writings of Frederic Remington.

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.