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Thursday, December 1, 2011

St. Lawrence County Historical Society Events

Civil War Memorial Tree at SLCHA This Holiday Season

Civil War Ornaments
The St Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House will 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.

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Holiday Open House and Holiday Tea
at the Silas Wright House

Festive floral arrangements, fabulous refreshments and fanciful holiday music will fill the Silas Wright House when friends and neighbors gather at Silas Wright House for the St Lawrence County Historical Association's Holiday Events. The SLCHA's Annual Holiday Open House will be held on Friday, December 2nd from 4 to 8 pm and the Holiday Tea will be held on Sunday, December 4th from 1-3 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Holiday Sale
The Holiday Sale on Friday, December 9 from Noon-8 pm and Saturday, December 10 from 11 am - 4 pm is a great opportunity to find just the right gift at a great price and also support St Lawrence County history! Most items in the gift shop will be on sale at a 10% discount and SLCHA members will receive a 15% discount.

Coming Events
Friday, Dec 2, 4:00 PM: Holiday Open House at SLCHA
Sunday, Dec 4: Holiday Tea at SLCHA
Friday, Dec 9 through Dec 10: Holiday Sale
Saturday, Dec 10, 11:00 AM: Second Saturday Children's Program - Adirondack Santa
Saturday, Dec 24 through Jan 2: SLCHA Museum Closed for Holidays
Civil War Sesquicentennial
150 years ago this month:
Dec 1, 1861 - 11th NY Cavalry (Scotts 900) starts to recruit. They trained in Elmira, NY.
Dec 2, 1861 - 2nd Session, 37th Congress, convenes
Dec 3, 1861 - Officers of the 60th NY ask for resignation of Col. Heyward for "Want of coolness and discretion and disregard for the comfort and the welfare of the men." There is no reply to the letter.
Dec 3, 1861 - Volunteer Aid Association has already sent numerous things to men. Ladies to dedicate one day a week for service of the country. Meetings to knit socks and mittens are held every Monday at private houses. The ladies of Madrid organize Soldiers Aid Society and send quilts, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, night shirts, flannel drawers, shirts,towels, socks, and linens.
Dec 3, 1861 - 92nd NY finishing recruiting and thought they would leave by 20th of December – this didn't happen
Dec 13, 1861 - Battle of Camp Alleghany (western Virginia)
Dec 17, 1861 - Camp Union has 820 men in camp, 180 men needed to fill regiment. One of the sentinels of the 60th NY shot one of the Maryland Home Guards. They were playing with rifles and "didn't know the gun was loaded".
Dec 20, 1861 - Battle of Dranesville (Virginia)
Dec 24, 1861 - 60th NY was paid and the men sent home at least two-thirds of their pay by "express." Several deaths in 60th by disease. A railroad engine boiler exploded; the engineer was found 650 feet from the engine.
Events in bold are St Lawrence County events

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