Long Island and the Civil War
Long Island and the Civil War: Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties During the War between States
By Harrison Hunt and Bill Bleyer
Although no battles were fought on Long Island, the Civil War deeply affected all of its residents. More than three thousand men–white and black–from current-day Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties answered the call to preserve the Union. While Confederate ships lurked within eight miles of Montauk Point, camps in Mineola and Willets Point trained regiments. Local women raised thousands of dollars for Union hospitals, and Long Island companies manufactured uniforms, drums and medicines for the army. At the same time, a little-remembered draft riot occurred in Jamaica in 1863. Local authors Harrison Hunt and Bill Bleyer explore this fascinating story, from the 1860 presidential campaign that polarized the region to the wartime experiences of Long Islanders on the battlefield and at home.
Publisher: History Press Library Editions (April 6, 2015)
Paperback: 178 pages