Civil War author Peter Dalton of Northport will share stories of his favorite boys in blue, the 4th Maine Infantry Regiment from Rockland, Thursday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m.

The program, co-sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society and the Rockland Public Library, will be held in the Friends Room of the Rockland Public Library.

Dalton has written two books on Maine’s participation in the Civil War: "With Our Faces to the Foe: A History of the 4th Maine Infantry in the War of the Rebellion and Hard Times, Hard Bread," and "Harder Coffee: The Civil War Correspondence of Hezekiah Long."

During the past 30 years, Dalton has fueled his lifelong passion by visiting Civil War battlefields and conducting extensive research. He is a member of the Richardson Civil War Roundtable which meets once a month.

Dalton will share his long-standing fascination with the 4th Maine Infantry from Rockland. He will talk about Camp Knox where the 4th Maine trained, and he will consider the tactical and strategic contributions of the 4th Maine to the war and their influence on the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The 4th Maine fought with the Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Bull Run, the Siege of Yorktown, the Battle of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, Groveton, the Second Battle of Bull Run, Chantilly, the Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and at the Battle of Gettysburg.

At Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, the regiment fought along Houck’s Ridge and in Devil’s Den. When the Confederate attack threatened to take the high ground along Houck’s Ridge, Colonel Elijah Walker of Rockland stood his ground. Outnumbered, with Rebel troops visible on the ridge above him and in front of him, Colonel Walker ordered his men from Maine to fix bayonets and charge. Join us to hear what happened next!

During all of July and August, this summer, the Rockland Historical Society will be part of the Maine Civil War Trail and will be open five afternoons a week, Mondays through Fridays, from noon to 5 p.m. The Maine Civil War Trail includes historical societies, museums, and libraries that have collections of materials from the Civil War. The Rockland exhibit includes uniforms, weapons, equipment, and souvenirs collected by GAR Edwin Libby Post No. 16 in Rockland. The Grand Army of the Republic was a veterans’ organization for Union soldiers. The Rockland GAR was continued by descendants of the original veterans, until 1977 when its historical collection was given to the city of Rockland, to be cared for by the brand new Shore Village Historical Society.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice. Please call the library at 594-0310.

This evening is one in a continuing Thursday evening series of literary, film and musical offerings sponsored by the Rockland Public Library & The Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.