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Civil War restoration projects taking place locally

The Clinton County Historical Society is identifying residents who fought in the Civil War, and are at rest in area cemeteries

 The grave marker marking the final resting place of Stephen C. Writer, Lt. Col with the 1st Ohio Cavalry, in a Clinton County Cemetery. Writer’s marker has been marked with a sticker denoting him as a Civil War veteran.

The grave marker marking the final resting place of Stephen C. Writer, Lt. Col with the 1st Ohio Cavalry, in a Clinton County Cemetery. Writer’s marker has been marked with a sticker denoting him as a Civil War veteran.

— When the bell tolled for the war between the states, more than a thousand Clinton County men answered the call, and New York soldiers fought valiantly in some of the biggest battles of the war.

Now the Clinton County Historical Association is working with the American Legion to publish a book listing the names of all the soldiers from Clinton County who enlisted in the war, as well as chronicling the location of their graves, and the graves of any other Civil War soldier who ultimately ended up being buried in Clinton County.

At the same time, as well as locating the grave stones, they are cleaning the headstones and marking them with a sticker saying “Civil War Veteran.”

The headstone cleaning part of the project, which has been going on for two and a half years, is being carried out by a pair of boy scouts, who are using the project for their final project to make Eagle Scout.

Working from the New York State Adjutant General’s list, as well as by combing the archives of local cemeteries, Bob St. John, American Legion post 912 Commander, and Geri Favreau, Chairwoman of the Clinton County Historical Society’s Civil War Project, have identified 1,058 Civil War soldiers who are buried in Clinton County. Not all of those soldiers are from the county.

Of that number, more than 300 can be found in cemeteries in and around Plattsburgh.

The Historical Society is about 90 percent complete with their documentation of county men who fought in the war, and about 50 percent done with the clean-up project. They are close enough to completion that they are in the process of raising money to cover the cost of the printing.

They will be holding a raffle of numerous donated items, including a copy of their book and a Civil War era quilt, on Nov. 19. Tickets are available at the Clinton County Historical Museum for $1 each, or $5 for six. For more information or to make a donation for the raffle, call 561-0340, or email director@clintoncountyhistorical.org.

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