General James Wilkinson was the 5th Commanding General of the US Army, fought along the St. Lawrence River during the War of 1812, and was a spy for the Spanish. Find out more about this colorful character when Matt Dudley presents For King and Countries: The Remarkable Life of an Occasional Spaniard and a Fair-weather Patriot on Saturday, March 1st, 2 p.m. at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton.
This War of 1812 program is part of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s Commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, which was fought from 1812-1815. St. Lawrence County was one of the battlefields of the War of 1812.
Matt Dudley is a Senior History Major at St. Lawrence University and a native of Cazenovia, NY. He began studying General James Wilkinson’s career in the Fall of 2011, focusing mainly on Wilkinson’s 1813-1814 winter campaign in the North Country. This past summer, thanks to funding from St. Lawrence University, Matt furthered his investigation of Wilkinson’s life in the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain and at the Chicago History Museum.
Wilkinson’s adventures ranged from Mexico City to Braintree, from Havana to Quebec City. The sources uncovered by Dudley in Seville and Chicago shed new light on Wilkinson’s service to not only the United States and Spain, but also the revolutionary governments of Mexico. On March 1st, Dudley will focus on these new sources in particular in an effort to deepen our understanding of how James Wilkinson became an occasional Spaniard and a Fair-weather Patriot in service to the United States and Mexico.
The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m. 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 E. Main St., Canton. Parking is available in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.