Civil War Memorial Tree This Holiday Season
The St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House will once again decorate a special memory tree at the museum in honor of all of the nearly 7,000 men from St Lawrence County who served in the Civil War. For just $5, you can make sure that your ancestor or Civil War hero is included in this tribute. This Civil War memory tree is part of the SLCHA's Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which began in 1861.
For each contribution of $5, the SLCHA will make a memorial ornament for the Civil War veteran of your choice to hang on the tree. The ornament will have basic information about the veteran (such as name, hometown, regiment, and dates served) as well as his picture, if available. At the SLCHA's annual Holiday Open House on December 6th the names of all the veterans on our tree will be read and remembered. And after the holidays, you will receive your veteran's card as a keepsake. Duplicate ornaments are available for $5 each. Application forms for the memory tree are available at the SLCHA, download the application form here, or by email.
As part of the project, the SLCHA will be archiving the information you send regarding your ancestors and scanning any available images of local Civil War veterans to add to our growing collection of St Lawrence County's Civil War heritage. If you are not sure whether your ancestor was a Civil War veteran, come to the SLCHA archives and do some research to find out. A new addition to the SLCHA archives in 2012 is a listing of Civil War veterans who enlisted from St Lawrence County, painstakingly compiled from various records by Association volunteer John Austin. Remember your Civil War ancestor, preserve their story for generations to come, and support the SLCHA all at the same time!
The SLCHA Gift Shop is a great way to take some Civil War history home 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.
Who are these Civil War officers?
We have recently 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
- Friday, December 13, 12:00 PM: Before Christmas Sale in Museum Shop
- Saturday, December 14, 11:00 AM: Second Saturday Children's Program - Adirondack Santa
- Saturday, December 14, 11:00 AM: Before Christmas Sale in Museum Shop
- Sunday, December 22 through Jan 1: Museum Closed for Holidays
- Thursday, January 2: Museum Open after Holidays
- Saturday, January 11, 11:00 AM: Second Saturday Children's Program - Toys from Holidays Past
Downtown Village of Canton Reconstruction
NYSDOT is progressing the design of a highway project on US Route 11 through the Village of Canton in St Lawrence County. The 1.0 mile project begins at the intersection of Route 68 and continues north to the intersection with Stiles Avenue. The objectives of the project are to improve pavement conditions and storm drainage, to correct existing and emerging operational problems and safety related deficiencies, as well as to improve pedestrian and bicycle access.
Construction began in Spring 2012, and is expected to be completed in Fall 2013. We will remain open during Main Street / Route 11 reconstruction. Parking will continue to be avaliable behind Silas Wright House and can be accessed from Court Street.
Civil War Sesquicentennial
150 years ago this month:
- Dec 2, 1863 - Victories in Chattanooga (TN) discussed (including much disinformation as far as who was there)
- Dec 7, 1863 - 4th Session, 1st Confederate Congress, convenes; 1st Session, 38th Congress, convenes
- Dec 9, 1863 - "Much to do about nothing" siege of Knoxville, TN, over and Rebel General Longstreet heading back to Virginia.
- Dec 16, 1863 - Pension bureau reports that there are only 18 Revolutionary War Pensioners still on rolls.
- Dec 16, 1863 - 92nd NY – The Sabbath is a casualty of War. Men on detached service return to Regiment. They have 318 officers and men, out of 363 on rolls. General Grant mopping up after Battle of Chattanooga. Rebel General Bragg removed from Command of CSA Army of Tennessee.
- Dec 23, 1863 - 60th NY – Battle of Lookout Mountain (TN) described with casualties listed (one month after the fact). All the dead were shot in the head. 60th did not participate in the Missionary Ridge battle on November 25th. They did fight at Ringgold (TN).
- Dec 23, 1863 - "Scotts 900" recruits will get bounty money.
- Dec 23, 1863 - The death of General Corcoran. The General died of wounds suffered from a fall from his horse. He was the commander of the Irish Legion, which included the 164th NY included in its ranks
- Dec 30, 1863 - Soldier from 10th Minnesota Regiment described Indian Wars in the West.
- Dec 30, 1863 - 60th is being reenlisted as a veteran Regiment for three years. Regiment will be allowed to go home for 30 days leave for furlough and to recruit to fill up ranks.
- Dec 30, 1863 - Prisoner exchanges still having problems because of treatment of black soldiers.
Events in bold are St Lawrence County events