Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Author to discuss tale of Civil War Discovery

On Tuesday, October 23 at 7 PM at the Williamson Free Public Library, author Dennis Bielewicz will share his experience in researching and writing his book, Heroes in the Attic. The book tells the tale of the author’s fascinating discovery of artifacts and documents left behind by two Civil War soldiers — cousins who helped form the Co. G of the 27th New York Volunteer Infantry and participated in critical battles from Bull Run to Salem Church.

As a youngster, the author was allowed access into an abandoned farmhouse, and while looking for stamps for his collection, he stumbled upon letters and memorabilia in an old trunk. The treasures he found there inspired a life-long pursuit of more information. Bielewicz, a retired librarian from Ontario, spent years researching H. Seymour Hall and Benjamin S. Coffin and has now put his work into this amazing book.

The book — which seems like a scrapbook with copious photos and illustrations — immerses the reader in Hall and Coffin’s lives through their writings.
A reviewer has said, “Heroes in the Attic is not your average Civil War book. Mr. Bielewicz’s selection and arrangement of documents, its wonderful illustrations, and intriguing organization allow the reader, no matter what area of interest or expertise to take a journey of discovery through the days of the Civil War and the lives of the people who took part in it.”

All are welcome to learn more about this intriguing journey into the past, and to enjoy the author’s “bigger than life” personality by attending this talk. It is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, call the library at 315.589.2048 or visit its website at