Events - Civil War Project
Lewis County Historical Society is embarking
on a Civil War project, gathering the data
and images of veterans who enlisted in Lewis
County. The project, which could result in
the publication of data and photographs,
will be the combination of already
established Historical Society records and
input from the community.
“We encourage people to bring in their
family photos to be scanned or email the
images to us,” said Jerry Perrin, office
manager. To date, the society has gathered
approximately 50 images from donations,
provided copies or from Internet research.
“We will try to put together a biography and
war record with each image as a permanent
record. If we get enough images there is a
possibility of creating a book as a fund
raiser,” said Mr. Perrin.
For those uncertain about a relative’s
involvement, volunteers at the society can
undertake research efforts using the New
York State veteran’s database.
Volunteers may also utilize “Where Brave Men
Sleep,” by Charlie Shaw. The book lists the
service records of known Lewis County Civil
War veterans and the location of their
burial. Copies of the book are currently
being printed and are expected to arrive by
the week of the Lewis County Fair. The
society anticipates offering the book at
their fair booth for $25.
Another valuable research tool on local
Civil War history is “Lewis County Goes to
War,” a collection of newspaper articles
compiled by Jack Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe’s widow,
Thea, has given permission to the society to
reprint the work. The collection is now
available for purchase at the society gift
shop for $12.
For more information about the project
contact the Historical Society at 376-8957 or