St. Lawrence County’s Civil War Veterans is the topic for discussion at the next St. Lawrence County Historical Association (SLCHA) Civil War Roundtable this Sunday, March 30th, 2 p.m. at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton.
John Austin will tell about his project to document all of St. Lawrence County’s Civil War veterans. 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.
In 2007, with the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War fast approaching, John Austin undertook a huge project to identify and document all of the men who served in the war from St. Lawrence County, NY. The culmination of this five year project is a 730 page book listing approximately 6,700 men, the regiment(s) each served in, along with any additional information available including parents names, birth dates, service records, and burial locations. This project includes all men who were residents of the county at the time of their enlistment – the number of St. Lawrence County veterans would be even larger if one took into consideration all of the men who lived in the county either before or after the time of their military service.
In addition to compiling ’Tis All the Brave Can Do – Some Civil War Soldiers From St. Lawrence County, NY (2011), local author and historian John Austin is the compiler of In the Thanks of the Republic – Some Civil War Soldiers From Franklin County, NY (1998) and the author of St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812: Folly and Mischief (2013). Austin has also researched and compiled a list of soldiers from St. Lawrence County for the War of 1812. He is a teacher at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and lives in DeKalb. Austin is an active member of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association and an avid researcher of St. Lawrence County history.
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. Civil War Roundtable programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Visit the SLCHA’s website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.
Photo: The 60th New York Volunteers Regimental Band from St. Lawrence County, taken during the American Civil War (from the Collection of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association).