OSWEGO — The Oswego County Historical Society will host the final lecture of the 2016 series on November 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St. in Oswego.
The event is free and open to the public.
Local author Dr. Natalie Woodall will present a program based on her current book entitled “Men of the 110th Regiment: Oswego’s Own.”
The book features the history of the regiment along with many biographies of the the Oswego County men that served during the American Civil War.
Dr. Woodall will discuss what happened to the 1,025 brave souls composing the 110th Regiment, who abandoned the cool breezes of Lake Ontario for the disease-ridden swamps and bayous of Louisiana.
“Dr. Woodall’s book has delved into the personal stories of the men who answered the call during the great American conflict,” said Justin White, president of the historical society. “This book shows that there is always much to learn about the amazing history that happened within our county.”
Oswego County had one of the largest enrollments in New York State to the Union Army with an estimated 12,000 men by the end of the war.
The summer of 1862 saw increased patriotic fervor in Oswego County as recruitment began for a third regiment.
President Lincoln’s call for 300,000 new troops to counter Confederate superiority on the battlefield meant that county residents were being asked to contribute more sons, brothers, and husbands to the war effort.
In the end, more than 1,000 men enlisted in the regiment officially dubbed the 110th and departed Oswego City by train on August 27.
The book chronicles the history of the 110th from its inception in 1862 until its muster out in August 1865.
Dr. Woodall’s research includes an “every man” catalog of the soldiers who answered the call of their country that fateful summer.
Members of local families such as Kenyon, Potter, Kehoe, Wilder, Rassmussen, and Penfield, to name only a few, participated in the mission of this regiment.
Some came home and some did not, but all were profoundly influenced by their war-time experiences.
The comprehensive history of this regiment also includes an appendix with an alphabetical list of all of the documented soldiers.
Copies of the new book will be available for purchase.
Dr. Woodall is a retired teacher, college professor and journalist.
She is active in the Order of the Eastern Star and serves as the chapter’s secretary.
She is a member of the Winter Club, Friends of the Library and an avid genealogist.
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 to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and other days by appointment.
For more information call the museum during regular hours at 343-1342.