St Lawrence County Historical Association

Collections Manager Position

The St Lawrence County Historical Association (SLCHA) is seeking a candidate to fill the open Collections Manager (CM) position. The CM reports to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include management of the SLCHA's artifact and archival collections, as well as oversight of public outreach efforts including both on- and off-site programs. A Bachelor's degree in history or related field required. Professional or volunteer experience in museum or special collections field preferred. More…

Annual Meeting

The Capitol at Washington (Franke)

The Capitol at Washington, a re-strike printed from the original copper plate engraving made in 1889 by M. Franke, is being raffled off at the St Lawrence County Historical Association's 67th Annual Meeting at the United Methodist Church, 183 Main Street, Edwards on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The meeting, which will run from 11 am - 2 pm, includes a visit to the new Edwards History Center. The public is invited and you do not have to be a member of the SLCHA to attend. Lunch is $10 per person and pre-registration is required for lunch. More…

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.

  • Sawyer, Joseph - Born: Jan. 12, 1835 in Ogdensburg, NY;
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in US Navy on Dec 12, 1863;
    Discharged Nov. 23, 1865. He joined the US Lifesaving Service and drowned in the line of duty in Lake Huron Oct. 20, 1880. His sister Mary Sawyer apparently got a pension for his service and lived in Ogdensburg in 1890 (TC, 1890, newspaper)
  • Mayne, Alexander - Born: 1833 in St. Lawrence Co.; Son of John Mayne and Rose ________
    Enlisted from Oswegatchie in 142nd NY Inf Co G as Pvt on Aug 29, 1862;
    Discharged for disability Dec. 22, 1862 from Columbia Hospital in Washington, DC. He died June 9, 1899 and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Heuvelton (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, 1890, cemetery, data)
  • Raven, Henry J. - Born: Sep. 25, 1841 in Macomb, NY; Son of Henry C. Raven and Clarinda Sweet
    Enlisted from Macomb in 16th NY Inf Co G as Pvt on May 7, 1861;
    Died of disease Mar. 19, 1862 at Fairfax Seminary Hospital, VA and is buried at Pierce's Corners Cemetery in Macomb (TC, AG, 1860, 1865, cemetery)
  • Ayers, Andrew - Born: Jan. 1, 1842 in Stockholm, NY; Son of Horace Ayers and Lovina Morrill
    Enlisted from Pierrepont in 60th NY Inf Co D as Pvt on Oct 16, 1861;
    Wounded in the knee in a skirmish at Dallas, GA May 27, 1864 and absent sick at Nashville, TN when the company mustered out but was discharged Nov. 17, 1864. He lived in Garrison, IA in 1902 and died Mar. 28, 1926 in St. Joseph, MO. He is buried in Garrison, Iowa according to his death certificate (TC, AG, 1850, 1860, newspaper, data)
  • Witters, Benjamin Franklin - Born: 1833 in Vermont; Son of John Witters and Betsey _______
    Enlisted from Lawrence in 14th WI Inf Co A as Sgt on Nov 15, 1861;
    Died of disease May 12, 1862 at St. Louis, MO and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Plot 3856 (1850, 1865, cemetery)

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

Coming Events

Civil War Sesquicentennial

150 years ago this month:

  • Oct 4, 1864 - 106th NY (Sept 21, 1864) Battle of Opequon that occurred on 19 September casualties listed: 11 Killed or mortally wounded, 41 wounded, and 2 missing. Battle at Fisher Hill: 1 Officer killed, 2 men wounded
  • Oct 5, 1864 - Battle of Allatoona (Georgia)
  • Oct 9, 1864 - Battle of Tom's Brook (Virginia)
  • Oct 12, 1864 - 92nd NY In the battle of Chaffin's Farm: 13 killed or mortally wounded, 10 wounded, and 6 missing. As of 2 Oct, only 44 men present and one Commissioned officer. Lt George S. Thompson in command of regiment.
  • Oct 12, 1864 - Doctor WQ Mansfield, formerly Assistant Surgeon of the 92nd NY, was appointed Surgeon in Chief of the 2nd Brigade of the 18th Corps of the Army of the Potomac.
  • Oct 18, 1864 - Wide Awakes return for Lincoln in Norfolk, NY (a Republican party organization of young men)
  • Oct 19, 1864 - In the last draft call of 500,000 men, St Lawrence County was require to raise 1100 new recruits; 1700 stepped forward.
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Saint Albans, Vermont Raid, Confederate soldiers dressed in civilian clothes robbed banks in Saint Albans then escaped to Canada. Seven captured in US had $50,000 on them. Twelve captured in Canada were held in Montréal. A regiment of US Troops were stationed in Saint Albans after the raid.
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Cedar Creek, Virginia
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Cedar Creek, Virginia - 106th NY Infantry - 12 Killed, 40 wounded, 3 missing
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Cedar Creek, Virginia - 6th NY Heavy Artillery - 26 killed, 52 wounded 16 missing
  • Oct 19, 1864 - Battle of Cedar Creek (Virginia)
  • Oct 23, 1864 - Battle of Westport (Missouri)
  • Oct 26, 1864 - (dated 23 Oct 1864) 13 of the rebel raiders (of Saint Albans, Vermont) are in jail in Montréal, they are mostly young men from Kentucky. They insist that they are in rebel service and are confident that they will be released.
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Because Black Union POWs were used in the construction of rebel trenches, General Butler demanded that rebel POWs be used for the same tasks at Dutch Gap canal within rifle shot of the rebel troops. General Lee stopped this practice and sent black POWs back to Richmond. General Butler stopped his retaliation immediately.
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Darbytown Road, Virginia - through October 29
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Darbytown Road, Virginia - 142nd Infantry - 21 killed, 78 wounded, 3 missing
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Darbytown Road, Virginia - 92nd NY Infantry - (2nd Fair Oaks) 2 killed, 3 wounded, 26 missing
  • Oct 27, 1864 - Battle of Burgess' Mill/Boydron Plank Road (Virginia)

Events in bold are St Lawrence County events