CHAZY My Dear Father, My prospects now for a new place are good, very good, for I think I shall volunteer my services to our government. So begin the letters home from young Charles F. Moore, a Plattsburgh native and descendent of the founder of Champlain, as he set out to enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War. Charles Moore was but one of many in the North Country who responded to the Civil War by enlisting. In fact, New York State supplied more men, money and material to the Civil War than any other state north or south. The Miner Museum recently unveiled an on-line exhibit of Moores letters home, which follow his service from enlistment through the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The letters, which have been a part of the Miner Museums collection since its founding in 1924, were recently scanned to allow them to be read safely, according to the museums director/curator Amanda Palmer. I feel one role of a museum is to peak the publics interest in learning local, national and/or world history, explained Ms. Palmer. Two of the ways we try to achieve this is through our exhibits and lectures. This topic is of special interest in our area, she feels, because Moores family had a very significant impact on the historical events in the North Country; the Battle of Plattsburgh and the founding of Champlain. Charles Moores letters may be accessed on-line through the Alice T. Miner Museum Web site at
. Click on the link at the top right of the page & from the Alice archives... with President Lincolns photo. The Alice T. Miner Museum is located at 9618 State Route 9. Visitation is by guided tours Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. The museum is regularly closed Monday, Dec. 31, through Monday, March 31, and open in April by appointment only.