St Lawrence County Historical Association

Chair Caning

Chair in the process of being caned

Coming in March - Chair Caning and Splint Seat Caning!

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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.

  • Supry, Franklin - Born: 1826 in Canada;
    Enlisted from Lawrence in 92nd NY Inf Co G as Pvt on Oct 10, 1861;
    Listed as Frank Surprise in 1860 Lawrence. Killed in action Dec. 14, 1862 at Kinston, NC (TC, AG, 1860, 1865)
  • McPhail, Alexander Wellington - Born: 1844 in Canada; Son of Awley McPhail and Adelia _______
    Enlisted from Brasher in Heavy Artillery(?) as Pvt on Dec 3, 1863;
    Died in Aspenwall, VA (?) May 8, 1864. The AG reports say that he went from the 84th NY Inf. Co. K to the 5th Veteran Inf. Co. A and was absent at muster out (TC, AG, 1860, 1865)
  • Hill, Reuben - Born: Apr. 11, 1817 in Georgia, VT; Son of Alden Hill and Polly Snow
    Enlisted from Parishville in 92nd NY Inf Co D as Pvt on Oct 10, 1861;
    Taken sick with chronic diarrhea and moved to Ft. McHenry in Jul. 1862. He was discharged for disability Oct. 6, 1862 at Ft. McHenry, MD. He lived in Lawrenceville in 1890. He died Aug. 8, 1898 and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Parishville (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery)
  • Earl, George - Born: 1841 in Canada;
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in 16th NY Inf Co G as Pvt on May 7, 1861;
    Discharged for disability Mar. 4, 1862 and died of disease Aug. 7, 1862 in Ogdensburg. He is buried in Red Mills Cemetery in Lisbon. He also appears in the 1865 census and TC record of DePeyster as still being in the service (TC, AG, 1865, cemetery, NMC)
  • Barker, Daniel - Born: Aug. 9, 1838 in Gouverneur, NY; Son of Nathan Barker and Sarah Wheeler
    Enlisted from DeKalb in 60th NY Inf Co K as Pvt on Sep 9, 1861;
    Mustered out with the company Jul. 17, 1865 at Alexandria, VA. He died Jul. 29, 1895 in Hampton, IL. His family lived in Gouverneur in 1850. (TC, AG, 1850, 1860, 1865, newspaper, 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

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