The next North Country Civil War Round Table is set for Sunday, February 17th, 2 pm at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Dr. Thomas Baker, Zacharey Blackmer, and Emma Woolley and will look at the life of John Raymond, a civilian during the Civil War.
John Raymond of Potsdam was not a soldier: he sold lumber and farmed, and was a little too old for enlisting when the Civil War broke out. However, his position as a prosperous merchant allowed and required him to travel, making his surviving correspondence an illuminating source of a civilian’s view of the events unfurling around the country.
Thomas Baker is an associate history professor at SUNY Potsdam, and director of the Office for Student Research and Creativity. EmmaWoolley and Zacharey Blackmer are undergraduates attending SUNY Potsdam, majoring in history.
Visitors who own items with Civil War provenance are encouraged to bring them to the event for a “show and tell” session before the talk.
The North Country Civil War Round Table is a program of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history. For more information, call the SLCHA at (315) 386-8133, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the SLCHA’s website.