150 years ago, on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. This ended the four year battle between the Union and Confederate states. Four days later, President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater and died the next day, April 15, 1865.
To commemorate this anniversary, the Village of Cleveland invites the public to view a display of Civil War history and learn about the local residents from the Town of Constantia and Village of Cleveland who volunteered their service. This research, by village historian Joni Hinds, focuses on the 302 men from the Town of Constantia listed in Crisfield Johnson’s book History of Oswego County, NY Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers 1789-1877. The display is open daily, Monday to Friday, through the end of May from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and will be displayed at the Cleveland Historical Society’s open house and free ice cream social on Sunday, August 16.