North Collins Historical Society
North Collins Historical Society
2021 Center Street, P.O. Box
North Collins, NY 14111-0032
Opening 2 June 2013 – The Civil War in Southern
County, The War of
Southern Erie County
2021 Center Street
in North Collins, this exhibit is expected to run until early spring
2014, depending on popularity and programs.
It is a cooperative exhibit of the Historians and/or Historical
Societies from North Collins,
Brant, Evans, Gowanda Collins and
featuring photos and information on the almost 400 soldiers from these
In addition to the
hands-on looseleafs with soldier profiles, there will also be others
with regimental histories, human interest stories, descriptions and
photos of equipment, etc.
The largest enrollment of
soldiers was in the
116th New York Volunteer Infantry and the 10th New
known soldiers will be displayed and profiles of a majority of the
soldiers are available for reading.
complete the exhibit.
out how many southtowns men were imprisoned in Prisoner of War camps
including the several who died at the infamous Andersonville Camp.
Watch for information on at least two programs in conjunction
with the exhibit.
Anyone wishing to contribute information, family stories about the Civil
War, have a photo scanned and returned immediately, or loan artifacts
for the term of the exhibit is asked to contact North Collins historian
by calling the North Collins Town Clerk office for phone contact
One section of the exhibit will include the
this same area.
names and profiles of volunteer soldiers and even a photo of a painting
of one of them.
will include other photos and miscellaneous information of interest
beyond the cut and dried history.
Many area men had to leave their families in cabins in the
forest to defend their land and family from the British “invaders” and
with a wary eye on the Senecas on the nearby reservation.
Although the Quakers had befriended the tribe, many settlers were
concerned that the tribe might join with other Indians fighting on the
side of the British.
was burned in 1813, they were also concerned that refugees might come
south and their tiny cabins would need to shelter them.
Both worries proved unfounded and neither action took place in
the southern Erie
The local Senecas remained peaceful and refugees headed east to
Some of the local
Quakers did go to Clarence and offer homes to orphan children from
they brought home and raised as their own.
One resident at
Marshfield in the Collins/North Collins area,
Luther Tyrer, served as a private in Swift’s Detachment of the New York
State Militia from 1812-1814.
He was captured by the British near Fort Erie on 27 November 1812
and imprisoned at Fort
for two months before being paroled.
his arrival in the
U.S., he was given three months pay and
a furlough home on 21 April 1814 until called upon.
At the end of that war, Luther enlisted in the 5th
U.S. Infantry for five years.
The Civil War and War of 1812 Exhibit will be open at North Collins
Center Street, North Collins on Sundays July
7 and 21, August 4 and 18, September 8 and 22.
From October through spring 2013 on the 4th Sunday of
Hours on all
dates are from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
See also the link for 1851 Hicksite Quaker Meeting House Grand Opening
on 14 July 2013!
History of North Collins Historical Society