Bill Bleyer and Harrison Hunt will present their book, Long Island and the Civil War. Although no battles were fought on Long Island, the Civil War affected every one of the 101,000 people living in current-day Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. More than 3,000 young men -- white and black -- answered their country’s call to preserve the Union by serving in the army or navy. There were training camps for regiments on their way to the front, Confederate ships marauding within eight miles of Montauk Point, anti-war protests and a little-remembered draft riot in Jamaica in 1863. Local women raised thousands of dollars for Union hospitals, and Long Island companies manufactured uniforms, drums and medicines for the army. Long Island and the Civil War explores this fascinating story, from the 1860 presidential campaign that polarized the region to the wartime experiences of Long Islanders in the field and at home, and through the last local veteran’s death in 1945 to the history buffs who keep the memory of the conflict alive. (Publisher).
Harrison Hunt, who has researched Long Island’s role in the Civil War for more than 20 years, has written two other books about the conflict: Hallowed Ground and Heroes of the Civil War. Before his retirement, Hunt was the Senior Curator of History and Supervisor of Historic Sites for the Nassau County Department of Parks.
Bill Bleyer is a prize-winning reporter who worked at Newsday for 33 years. The Long Island native has written extensively about history for several newspapers and magazines. In 1999-2000, he was one of four Newsday staff writers assigned full time to “Long Island: Our Story,” a year-long daily history of Long Island that resulted in three books.