Civil War Weekend in Massena to feature exhibit on St. Lawrence County Medal of Honor winners
President Abraham Lincoln, image by Anthony Berger, February 9, 1864
MASSENA -- An exhibit of Medal of Honor winners from across the North Country will be on display as part of Civil War Weekend at Robert Moses State Park this weekend.The display will include several St. Lawrence County Civil War heroes.
“Most people have no idea that our region has produced 45 of New York State’s Medal of Honor recipients,” said Senator Ritchie. “This exhibit shows how communities across northern and central New York have produced some of America’s greatest war heroes since President Abraham Lincoln established the Medal of Honor a century and a half ago.”
St. Lawrence County recipients include Marine Sgt. David Sprowle, Lisbon, who directed the USS Richmond’s great guns and forced the surrender of an enemy ship and destroyed the batteries at Fort Morgan, Ala., during the Civil War. Pvt. James Allen, who enlisted in Potsdam, single handedly captured a squad of 14 confederate soldiers and captured the colors of the 16th Georgia Infantry, earning him the medal.
The Civil War Weekend will be Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28 as part of the
St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
The reenactment camps will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, with mock battles at 3 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, with mock battles at 1 p.m.
For more details about the re-enactment weekend visit our previous story.