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, October 26, 2:00 PM - Battles of Fall 1864 - Chaffins Farm, Darbytown Road and Cedar Creek
Jan Wojcik will speak about the fall 1864 Battles of Chaffins Farm, Darby Town, and Cedar Creek, and how all played into Lincoln's Re-election in November 1864.
John Reardon, a soldier in the 115th NY Volunteer Regiment, kept a diary chronicling his experiences in the fight at Darbytown Road in the autumn of 1864, as well as his reactions to other battles of the season including Chaffins Farm and Cedar Creek. Learn more about these engagements and their impact on the impending Election of 1864 when Jan Wojcik speaks at the next SLCHA Civil War Roundtable on Sunday, October 26th at 2 pm at the St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House. The North Country Civil War Roundtable is part of the St Lawrence County Historical Association's Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which was fought from 1861-1865.
Everything done on the ground and in Washington, DC in September and October 1864 pointed to November 4th (Election Day), including the increasing use of Colored Troops in direct combat. Sections of John Reardon's diary will frame descriptions of the tactics and outcomes of the battles of Darbytown Road, Chaffins Farm, and Cedar Creek - battles which by this time in the war were episodes in a political campaign as it first became clear that the Civil War was about the abolition of slavery, and to the Confederates - what had long been their deepest fear - an armed slave rebellion.
Jan Wojcik is a member of the North Country Civil War Roundtable and has recently presented on the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Wojcik is a retired professor of humanities at Clarkson University.
- Sunday, November 23, 2:00 PM - Election of 1864
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.
Civil War Graves Project
- Read about the Civil War Graves project and see the results
- See a picture of the 60th New York Infantry at the dedication of a monument to General George Sears Greene at Culps Hill, Gettysburg PA, and help identify the people in it
- New York State Civil War Sesquicentennial Homepage
- From the library at Morrisville State College:
- National Parks Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
- Find your New York State Civil War ancestor online
- Civil War Research in New York State from Dick Hillenbrand
- Other Civil War Round Tables
- From The Historical Marker Data Base:
Sue Longshore, Collections Manager and CWRT Coordinator