WINTHROP –Author and town historian David Cook will present a lecture and reading on letters from Mainers during the Civil War at Bailey Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The lecture will be held in the historic Reading Room of the library and is part of the ongoing Winthrop Lakes Region Forum.

The event is free and open to the public.

Cook will read from a multitude of letters from Maine soldiers that span the entire war and reveal every day aspects of soldier life, as well as more horrific details of war that killed 750,000 Americans from 1861-1865.

A native of Milo, Cook graduated from Milo High School in 1962 and was a U.S. Army paratrooper in the 101st Airborne serving in the Vietnam War from 1965-1966.

A 40-year resident of Winthrop, Cook graduated from the University of Maine and currently teaches at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. Cook is also the historical interpreter and live-in instructor at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center.

The event is cosponsored by the Winthrop Historical Society. For more information, visit or call 377-8673.

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