Civil War Author to Present Lecture at Oswego County Historical Society on November 10

OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host the final lecture of 2013 on November 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Local author Dr. Natalie Woodall will present a program entitled “Those Fightin’ Adriance Boys,” which will highlight the lives of Oswego veterans William Adriance and his sons, Harry and Edward.

Dr. Woodall released a book this month titled “Oswego County in the Civil War: They Answered the Call,” which features a chapter on William Adriance and his Civil War experiences.

The book features biographies of several Oswego County men who served during the great American conflict.

Dr. Woodall will also highlight the life of Harry Adriance, born in Oswego in 1864, who served in the Marine Corps and a Medal of Honor recipient for his meritorious service during the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900.

William’s son, Edward Adriance, was a military veteran who enlisted in United States Army during the Spanish American War.

He ended up in the Philippines since the conflict ended before his deployment and also led an intriguing life.

“Dr. Woodall’s research gives a personal insight into the lives of local men who have served their country,” said Justin White, president of the historical society. “In the case of the Adriance men these are veterans of very different conflicts, but each has a unique story to tell.”

Dr. Woodall is retired teacher, college professor and journalist.

She is active in the Order of the Eastern Star and serves as her chapter’s secretary.

She is a member of Winter Club, Friends of the Library and an avid genealogist.

Copies of her new book will be available for sale at the program.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rich history of the county.

The society maintains and operates the Richardson-Bates House Museum, a historic landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m. and other days by appointment.

For more information visit the museum website at for regular updates or call during regular hours at 315-343-1342.