North Country Civil War Round Table
Battle of the Wilderness, sheet music written soon after the event in memory of the many brave soldiers who gave their lives in May 1864
Image from Boston Public Library, via Wikimedia Commons
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, April 27, 2:00 PM - The Wilderness and Spotsylvania
The Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House are the topics for discussion at the next SLCHA Civil War Roundtable on Sunday, April 27, 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.
Roger Hutchinson will begin the program by exploring the opening battle of General US Grant's Overland Campaign which was fought amidst a marshy, impenetrable tract of land near the Rapidan River in Virginia, known as "the Wilderness". Both armies were fresh out of winter headquarters, when approximately 100,000 Union troops and 60,000 Confederates clashed on May 5-7, 1864. This battle was a tactical draw, but Grant pushed his men forward and continued southward to Spotsylvania Court House.
Jan Wojcik picks up the story at Spotsylvania discussing "Three Conversions at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House – how new ideas about warfare, race, and democracy emerge during the bloody month of May 1864". Another 100,000 Union troops and 52,000 Confederates continued the Overland Campaign at Spotsylvania from May 8-21, 1864.
Roger Hutchinson is a retired forester with the Department of Environmental Conservation and a longtime member of the Civil War Roundtable. His interest in the Wilderness stems from Hutchinson's possession of a Civil War foot locker which belonged to an ancestor who perished at the Wilderness. Jan Wojcik is a retired professor of humanities at Clarkson University and new member of the Roundtable.
The SLCHA Gift Shop is a great way to take home Civil War history with replica Confederate coins and books like New York's North Country and the Civil War and Life on the Homefront During the Civil War. SLCHA members receive a 10% discount on most items in the Gift Shop.
- Saturday, July 26, 10:00 AM through Sunday, July 27 - Civil War Weekend Reenactment at Robert Moses State Park, Massena
- Sunday, July 27, 10:00 AM - Civil War Weekend Reenactment at Robert Moses State Park, Massena
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