St Lawrence County Historical Association

SLCHA Closed for Thanksgiving; Holiday Open House December 5th

Mantel decorated for the Holidays

Much to the horror of turkeys everywhere, the St Lawrence County Historical Association will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. The SLCHA’s museum and archives will open again for business on Saturday, November 29, noon to 4 pm.

Plan now to join us at the annual Holiday Open House on Friday, December 5, 2014, 4 - 8 pm at the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House. Enjoy festive food, good company, beautiful decorations provided by the Canton Garden Club, and musical entertainment provided by the Canton High School Select Choir and Jazz Band, the Canton Goldenaires, and the Note Worthy Hand Bell Choir. The open house is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity to see the museum looking its finest!

The SLCHA Gift Shop also carries lots of items to fulfill your holiday gift list including A Visual Dictionary of Christmas Long Ago and old-fashioned toys with no batteries required, like jacks, marbles and pickup sticks. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on these and most other items in the gift shop.

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…

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.

  • Helmer, John - Born: Mar. 25, 1845 in Waddington, NY; Son of John Helmer and Margaret LeGros
    Enlisted from Waddington in 16th NY Inf Co A as Pvt on Sep 16, 1862;
    Transferred into the 121st NY Inf. in May, 1863 and died of wounds May 17, 1863 at Fredericksburg, MD. He is listed in the Waddington and Oswegatchie TC records (TC, AG, 1865, data)
  • Ormsby, William H. - Born: Jan. 11, 1837 in Peru, NY; Son of William Ormsby
    Enlisted from Norfolk in 92nd NY Inf Co D as Pvt on Oct 23, 1861;
    Discharged for disability Apr. 14, 1862 at Washington, DC. He married Lydia Leonard Nov. 22, 1861. He lived in Colton in 1865 and Stockholm in 1890. He died in the NYS Hospital at Ogdensburg Dec. 31, 1914 and is buried in Hale Cemetery in Norfolk. He is listed in the Potsdam TC record but not Norfolk's (TC, AG, 1865, 1890, newspaper, cemetery, data)
  • Bruce, Edward Rice - Born: Oct. 14, 1826 in Middlebury, VT; Son of Reuben Bruce and Rebecca Bond
    Enlisted from Colton in 13th NY Cav Co D as Pvt on Mar 23, 1864;
    Discharged for disability Aug. 2, 1865 at Camp Lowell, Prospect Hill, VA. He died Nov. 2, 1902 and is buried in Pleasant Mound Cemetery in Colton (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, newspaper, cemetery)
  • Fallon, James - Born: 1840 in Canada;
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in 16th NY Inf Co A as Pvt on Apr 18, 1861;
    Wounded at Gaines Mills, VA June 27, 1862 and died of those wounds. He married Maria Morrison in Ogdensburg Oct. 1, 1860 and may be the James Fallon listed in 1860 Waddington (TC, AG, data)
  • Bradley, Chester A. - Born: 1846 in Waddington, NY; Son of Wilson Bradley and Angeline F. Stone
    Enlisted from Waddington in 16th NY Inf Co H as Pvt on May 15, 1861;
    Discharged as a minor in June, 1861. He later enlisted into the 7th VT Inf. Co. D and mustered out Mar. 14, 1866. He died Jan. 16, 1926 and is buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery in Sec. 12, Lot E Grave 12 (AG, 1850, 1860, NMC, cemetery, 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.

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

  • Thursday, November 27 through Friday, November 28: SLCHA Museum Closed for Holiday
  • Friday, December 5, 4:00 PM: Holiday Open House
  • Friday, December 12: Before Christmas Sale at SLCHA Museum Shop
  • More...

Civil War Sesquicentennial

150 years ago this month:

  • Nov 1, 1864 - 60th NY voted 219 unanimously for Lincoln. They are boys who never turn their back on the enemy.
  • Nov 2, 1864 - Scott's 900: Men report that there is nothing more acceptable to the soldiers than the receipt of a local newspaper. Colonel James B Swain acquitted of charges and returned to his former rank. Present Colonel Sherburn tendered his resignation, but it was not accepted; he was ordered back to the 11th NY Cavalry (Scott's 900)
  • Nov 2, 1864 - Home guards formed throughout the Northern states bordering Canada (in response to the Saint Albans Raid). Company A will meet for drill every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings.
  • Nov 7, 1864 - 2nd Session, 2nd Confederate Congress, convenes
  • Nov 8, 1864 - Lincoln reelected
  • Nov 9, 1864 - 92nd involved in battle of Chaffins Farm. They were deployed as skirmishers on the old Battlefield of Fair Oaks, Co H had seven men; they drove the cavalry back, saw that the rebel works were clear, without support, they got into the ditch and were surrounded and had to surrender.
  • Nov 9, 1864 - For Presidential Election 25,000 to 30,000 men from various hospitals sent home to vote; a large number arrived in Potsdam on a special train.
  • Nov 10, 1864 - NY State Governors race very close. Republican Reuben Fenton elected.
  • Nov 16, 1864 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis talks of enlisting the blacks for confederate service, but only talks about using them for teamsters and building fortifications, and paying their masters for lost labor. This had already been done throughout the war.
  • Nov 16, 1864 - March to the Sea (to December 21) begins from Atlanta,Georgia
  • Nov 23, 1864 - Where is General Sherman's Army?
  • Nov 23, 1864 - 60th NY (9 November 1864) "On the verge of an eventful campaign." They are getting ready to leave Atlanta. They will carry twenty days rations, the country through which they will march will have to provide the other thirty days rations. No destination is known to the Army.
  • Nov 29, 1864 - Battles of Spring Hill (Tennessee) and Sand Creek (Colorado Territory)
  • Nov 30, 1864 - No information on "General Sherman's great movement." However the Savannah News of Nov 21, 1864 reports of "impending doom" for Sherman's Army.
  • Nov 30, 1864 - New York City voted for McClelland almost 2 to 1.
  • Nov 30, 1864 - There is a daring attempt to burn NY City hotels. Many hotels and Barnum's Museum torched but fires were extinguished before major damage.
  • Nov 30, 1864 - Another article states that: Tobacco and Smoking tobacco bad for you!
  • Nov 30, 1864 - Battle of Franklin (Tennessee)

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events