BRUNSWICK – The Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table will welcome a return visit from Jim Nelson of Harpswell at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at a meeting at the Brunswick Junior High School, Columbia Avenue.

The title of his presentation is “River Defense: The Wild and Woolly Fight for the Mississippi.”

The program will explore the most furious naval combat of the Civil War in the summer of 1862 between the Confederate River Defense Fleet and the Union’s Ellet Rams, when the Confederate army assembled a fleet of river boats under the command of undisciplined and unruly boat captains to fight off the Union pushing up and down the Mississippi.

Nelson last spoke to the group on his book “Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Ironclads” in February 2004.

His writing covers a wide range of America’s maritime heritage from piracy in Colonial Virginia to the naval action of the Civil War. “Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy” was published in 2003 and won the American Library Association’s William Y. Boyd Award for excellence in military fiction.

Nelson is no stranger to the sea having served on the crews of the “Golden Hinde,” a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s vessel of 1577, the brig “Lady Washington” and the ship “HMS Rose.”

The meeting is free and open to the public.


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