Heroes in the Attic

“Pulling several boards off and throwing my weight against the door, several times, I entered the house. In that instant, when the door opened, I heard the scraping of wood door against wood frame and floor, and the fragrant, leafy, warm autumn breeze that entered with me was pulled, as if it was sucked into a time vacuum.
Nothing had been touched or moved in over fifty years.

Beginning with a remarkable discovery, the IPPY Award-winning Heroes in the Attic – the Untold Story of Two Civil War Soldiers, is a true saga of two college students who abandon their classes to fight in the Civil War.

In a secret room of an abandoned house, the author, Dennis P. Bielewicz, uncovered the documents which led to research and a retelling of the complete military service of H. Seymour Hall and Benjamin Coffin.

From Genesee College in Lima, NY to Company G of the 27th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry, Hall, Coffin and other soldiers in their company train for war and fight at First Bull Run and over twenty more battles from May 1861 to May 1863.

Compelling in scope, the story of Hall and Coffin defines the heroism of common men against the backdrop of history.


  • Over 350 pages, designed and printed in rich, full color
  • Over 200 photographs, illustrations and detailed maps
  • The author’s story of discovery and research
  • Specific information and anecdotal histories of NYSV 27th Regiment, Company G, and the Army of the Potomac
  • The lives of H. Seymour Hall and Benjamin S. Coffin
  • Documents that have never before been published:
    • Roster of Field and Staff Officers, and the Non-Commissioned Staff, of the 27th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry, and the Officers and Enlisted Men of Company “G”
    • Circular No. 2, Mt. Morris, N.Y., July 1906. Annual Reunion Proceedings of the Survivors’ Association 27th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 33rd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, and 1st Veteran Cavalry
    • 27th Regiment Command Assignments and Battlefield Engagements