St Lawrence County Historical Association

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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.

  • Sutherland, Joseph - Born: 1833 in Vermont; Son of Joseph Sutherland and Sophia _______
    Enlisted from Parishville in 13th NY Cav Co I as Corp on Aug 29, 1864;
    Mustered out June 30, 1865 at Fairfax Court House, VA. He married Hattie Eliza Coil Hoover in York, WI Oct. 3, 1896. He lived in Grant Township in Clark Co. WI in 1900. He died Nov. 28, 1901 in Clark Co. WI and is buried in Windfall Cemetery (Lot 2 Grave 4) in Grant Township. (AG, 1850, 1860, 1865, 1900, cemetery, data)
  • Hewitt, Henry Dr. - Born: Oct. 8, 1797 in New London, CT; Son of Nathaniel Hewitt and Sarah Avery
    Enlisted from Potsdam in 92nd NY Inf as Surg on Jan 11, 1862;
    Graduated from Yale Medical School and moved to Potsdam in 1840. He married Alethea Brush, then Eliza Ann Morris He was a strong advocate of enabling logs to be floated down the Raquette River and Hewittville in Potsdam is named for him. He died in Potsdam July 22, 1869 and is buried in Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam. (AG, 1850, 1865, cemetery, newspaper)
  • Poole, John - Born: Dec. 1839 in St. Lawrence Co.; Son of John Poole and Mary ________
    Enlisted from Canton in 11th NY Cav Co E as Pvt on Dec 5, 1863;
    Discharged June 9, 1865 at McDougal Hospital in NYC and lived in Hermon in 1890. He died Apr. 25, 1918 and there is a gravestone for him in Hermon Cemetery with no death date on it. He lived with Daniel Poole in Canton in 1860 and was a brother of Charles Poole (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery, newspaper, data)
  • Bridges, Lucius Leverett - Born: Apr. 3, 1839 in Massena, NY; Son of Wilson Bridges and Maria Hall
    Enlisted from Massena in 16th NY Cav Co A as Comm Sgt on Apr 8, 1863;
    Discharged Aug. 1, 1864 so that he could become the Commissary for Subsistence of the US Volunteers. He practiced law in Sedalia, MO and later became an lawyer for the US Government. He married Maggie Webster of Ogdensburg and died in Hyattsville, MD Nov. 26, 1903. He was buried in the Washington, DC area (AG, 1850, 1860, 1865, newspaper, data)
  • Sears, Dexter C. - Born: 1833 in Gouverneur, NY; Son of Daniel Sears and Cynthia ______
    Enlisted from Gouverneur in 94th NY Inf Co D as Capt on Oct 12, 1861;
    Captured at Gettysburg and sent to Libby prison in Richmond. He was then sent south to another prison and escaped. He mustered out Jul. 18, 1865 near Washington, DC. Rose from sergeant to captain. He lived in Sparta, WI in 1870 and moved to Stoneham, MA where he died in March 1907. (AG, 1850, 1870, 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.

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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:

  • Mar 1, 1865 - Fall of Charleston, South Carolina, February 17, 1865.
  • Mar 1, 1865 - Sherman's March northward continues without much opposition they had crossed into North Carolina.
  • Mar 1, 1865 - Both houses of the Louisiana Legislature have ratified an amendatory act abolishing slavery in the United States.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - February 18, 1865, General R E Lee announces that the South will employ blacks in CSA Army.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - Wilmington, North Carolina captured by Union General Terry; a new base for supply for Sherman's Army.
  • Mar 2, 1865 - Battle of Waynesboro (Virginia)
  • Mar 3, 1865 - 2nd (final) Session, 38th Congress, adjourns
  • Mar 4, 1865 - Lincoln reinaugurated
  • Mar 8, 1865 - Battle of Kinston (North Carolina) (to the 10th)
  • Mar 16, 1865 - 142nd New York Infantry has Lieutenant Colonel Albert M Barney mustered as Colonel of 142nd; Major William Jones of Malone to Lieutenant Colonel; N Martin Curtis promoted to Brigadier General of US Volunteers. [Previously Curtis was Brevetted as Brigadier General.] 142nd left for a garrison at Smithville, North Carolina, near Cape Fear
  • Mar 16, 1865 - Battle of Averysboro (North Carolina)
  • Mar 18, 1865 - Brigadier General Newton Martin Curtis arrived home in Ogdensburg, 11 March 1865 after recovering from a headshot wound (above left eye) at Fort Fisher Battle, 15 January 1865.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - Passports order revoked - Canada and US can handle without passports.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - 13th New York Cavalry - Prospect Hill, Virginia, Mosby's Guerillas ambush and surround Co F; 2 killed and 7 wounded, 7 missing and captured, including Albert Shipman. Wounded was Hollis Snell.
  • Mar 18, 1865 - 2nd (final) Session 2nd Confederate Congress, adjourns
  • Mar 19, 1865 - Battle of Bentonville (North Carolina) (to the 21st)
  • Mar 22, 1865 - Wilson's raid (to April 24) south into Alabama
  • Mar 23, 1865 - Several men listed in Franklin and St Lawrence Counties to be drafted.
  • Mar 25, 1865 - Battle of Fort Stedman (Virginia); siege of Mobile, Alabama (to April 12)
  • Mar 29, 1865 - 60th New York Infantry near Fayetteville, North Carolina; Sherman's March North not impeded by Johnston's Army (the Letter was sent 14 March 1865, that was before the Bentonville, North Carolina battle 20 March 1865) Capt Lester Willson commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel and is the commander of the 60th New York. [60th involved with battle at Averysborough, North Carolina (before Bentonville), only as backup for Bentonville on second day.]
  • Mar 29, 1865 - Fort Stedman attacked at Petersburg, Virginia - Rebels capture the Fort but fail to keep it, Union Army retakes the Fort. 14th New York Heavy Artillery in front line of that battle and lost many casualties, including 13 killed, 35 wounded, and 209 missing [supposed mostly captured].
  • Mar 29, 1865 - Captain Charles H Houghton, 14th New York Heavy Artillery, awarded Medal of Honor for bravery at Fort Stedman, 1865.
  • Mar 31, 1865 - Battle of Dinwiddie Court House (Virginia)

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events