Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Coming Wednesday November 2, 2012

Oyster Bay Town Historian John Hammond will discuss Oyster Bay in the Civil War. In a new book, Images of America: Oyster Bay, Town Historian John E. Hammond uses more than 200 vintage photographs to take readers on a nostalgic journey of Oyster Bay. He has recently compiled a book about original Civil War documents in the town clerk’s records, Civil War Records: Town of Oyster Bay which includes enlistments, bounties paid for enlisting, and registration records to see who was eligible for the draft. The book also covers local Civil War soldiers, including many black volunteers such as David Carll, great-great-grandfather of actress Vanessa Williams. The publication will be a guide to official Oyster Bay records and include an alphabetical index of the more than 600 soldiers and sailors from the town that then had a population of about 8,000.