St Lawrence County Historical Association

Happy Holidays!

Mantel decorated for the Holidays

In order for staff and volunteers to make sure that all the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the St Lawrence County Historical Association will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015. The SLCHA’s museum and archives will reopen to the public at noon on Friday, January 2, 2015. The SLCHA’s members, staff, trustees, and volunteers look forward to more history being made in 2015.

Coming Events

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.

  • Wilson, Silas Wright - Born: 1845 in St. Lawrence Co.; Son of Loyal Wilson and Sarah ________
    Enlisted from Massena in 18th NY Cav Co M as Pvt on Dec 29, 1863;
    Discharged for disability June 28, 1865 at Ogdensburg, NY. He lived in Potsdam in 1850 and in Louisville in 1860 (AG, 1850, 1860, 1865)
  • Broat, John Richmond - Born: June 25, 1846 in DeKalb, NY; Son of Nicholas Broat and Ruth Rogers
    Enlisted from DeKalb in 46th NY Inf Co D as Pvt on Aug 9, 1864;
    Discharged June 3, 1865 at Delancey House, District of Columbia He lived in Waterford, NY in 1880 and in Binghamton in 1900. He died in 1906. The surname may be Brott (TC, AG, 1860, 1880, 1900, data)
  • Gibbons, Ira - Born: Jan. 7, 1833 in Potsdam, NY; Son of Henry Gibbons and Betsey Ames
    Enlisted from Colton in 106th NY Inf Co E as Pvt on Aug 11, 1862;
    Mustered out June 22, 1865 near Washington, DC. He moved to Waupaca, WI by 1870 and died June 18, 1921 in Waupaca, WI and is buried in Sheridan Cemetery in Waupaca Co. WI. He is listed in the Colton and Potsdam TC records (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1870, cemetery, data)
  • Perry, Peter - Born: 1843 in Clinton Co. NY; Son of Peter Perry and Sophia _______
    Enlisted from Potsdam in 92nd NY Inf Co H as Pvt on Nov 19, 1861;
    Wounded June 2, 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA and transferred to the 96th NY Inf. In Dec. 1864. His widow applied for a pension in Jul. 1865. He appears to be the boy living in Saranac, NY in 1860 (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, data)
  • Yerdon, Solomon - Born: 1840 in St. Lawrence Co.; Son of Henry G. Yerdon and Catherine Vroman
    Enlisted from Morristown in 60th NY Inf Co C as Pvt on Sep 10, 1861;
    Discharged for disability Jan. 5, 1863 and then re-enlisted into the 14th NY H. Art. Co. A Jul. 28, 1863. He was promoted to 1st Sgt. And captured Mar. 25, 1865 at Ft. Stedman, VA. He was paroled and mustered out Jul. 14, 1865 at NYC. He lived in Orleans in Jefferrson Co. NY in 1880 and died in 1881 (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1880, newspaper)

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

Civil War Sesquicentennial

150 years ago this month:

  • Jan 4, 1865 - Cavalry is organizing for defense in Clinton County
  • Jan 5, 1865 - 98th New York - The new Regiment's Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kreutzer, maintains the regiment as a good organization. He looks to add recruits from Clinton and Franklin Counties.
  • Jan 5, 1865 - Major Andrew McDonald of 106th New York made escape from Prison near Columbia, South Carolina. He made it through to the Sherman lines and returned to New York City by steamer.
  • Jan 5, 1865 - 60th New York Infantry - letter from Captain Percy Shelly Sinclair written from Savannah. He said that he and the men of Co E were in high spirits and well. They had been "fared sumptuously" in the Great March through Georgia.
  • Jan 11, 1865 - Sailor from Potsdam on USS Susquehanna during 1st Fort Fisher attempt, 25th Dec 1864; the ship sailed away 28 Dec 1864.
  • Jan 11, 1865 - 92nd New York Regiment in Albany to muster out. There are only 75 men and 7 officers.
  • Jan 11, 1865 - 16th New York Cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley at Aldie and Middleburg.
  • Jan 13, 1865 - 2nd Union attack on Fort Fisher (to the 15th)
  • Jan 15, 1865 - Fort Fisher, North Carolina, falls to Union naval and land forces
  • Jan 18, 1865 - Fort Fisher Taken! (January 15, 1865)
  • Jan 18, 1865 - General Benjamin F Butler removed from Command of the Army of the James
  • Jan 18, 1865 - Passports enforced when traveling to Canada. (now a new enforced law going to Canada)
  • Jan 18, 1865 - General N Martin Curtis awarded Medal of Honor for bravery, being the first through the stockade in assault of Fort Fisher, personally led the traverses, wounded four times including loss of his left eye.
  • Jan 18, 1865 - Henry S Webster, Stockholm, United States Navy, landsman[Marine?], USS Susquehanna, awarded the Medal of Honor, carried off the beach a wounded officer at Fort Fisher.
  • Jan 18, 1865 - Alaric B Chapin, Private, Co G 142nd New York Infantry, awarded Medal of Honor for, in advance of the assault, chopping down the palisades to allow the army to attack Fort Fisher.
  • Jan 19, 1865 - Carolinas Campaign begins at Savannah, Georgia (to April 26)
  • Jan 25, 1865 - 60th New York in Savannah, Georgia duty as Provost-Marshal. This includes all kinds of judgment in civil courts.
  • Jan 25, 1865 - New Regiment being raised in Potsdam by Major John C Gilmore (formerly from the 16th New York). New regiment became the 193rd New York Infantry. Another letter asks recruits to join the "Old 60th New York"; it made more sense to join in a veteran Regiment.
  • Jan 26, 1865 - General Newton Martin Curtis wounded at Fort Fisher, more severely than previously reported. [4 wounds]

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events