PCLI’s Bill Bleyer pens new civil war book

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 1.38.36 PMPCLI vice president and former chapter president Bill Bleyer, along with Harrison Hunt, has published a new book titled “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. Co-authored by Bill Bleyer and Harrison Hunt and pub- lished by The History Press, 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.

About the authors

  • 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.

Hunt and Bleyer will have a number of book signings coming up this spring and summer. Here’s a look at where you can catch them:

  • Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/Cold Spring Harbor Library: April 9, 7 p.m.
  • Long Island Museum: April 12, 2 p.m.
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace, April 19, 3 p.m
  • Oyster Bay Historical Society:, April 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Book Revue in Huntington, June 2, 7 p.m.
  • Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, June 3, 6 pm.
  • North Shore Civil War Roundtable: June 4, 7 p.m.
  • Bayville Library: June 17, 7 p.m.
  • Huntington Historical Society: June 18, Noon
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