As a final tribute to the 150th anniversary of the turning point of the Civil War, Capt. Dave Sulin, Rockland's local Civil War historian, will present a talk on Hezekiah Long, a hero of that great war.

The talk, co-sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society and the Rockland Public Library, will be presented, free to the public, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room of the Rockland Public Library.

Sulin grew up in Rockland and has sailed all over the world during his 42 years as a merchant mariner. He is master of the large container ship Philadelphia Express, which sails from ports along the East and Gulf coasts to ports in Northern Europe.

As a youngster, Sulin's interest in the Civil War was peaked by visits to the Edwin Libby GAR Post in Rockland. While helping with bean suppers at the GAR, Sulin became fascinated with the many artifacts from the Civil War and the photographs of the participants.

Since that time Sulin has made frequent visits to Civil War battlefields, done research at the Maine State Archives and at the National Archives, a participated in Civil War reenactments.

Sulin will tell the story of Second Lieutenant Hezekiah Long, a hero of Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. Long's career included being a night watchman at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston prior to the Civil War and a lighthouse keeper after the war. He not only suffered through the tragedies of battle, but he also suffered through tragedies at home.

Using the collection of  Long's letters to his wife, published by the Richardson Civil War Round Table as Hard Times, Hard Bread, and Harder Coffee, Sulin will discuss Long's eventful life as a soldier during the Civil War. He will expand upon some of the details in Long's letters and connect the details to Rockland area individuals, locations, and events.

Sulin will share photographs and artifacts from his collection that illustrate Long's life as a soldier. Sulin says that movies should be made about soldiers like Hezekiah Long. His experiences and the manner in which he conducted himself during the hardships of war make a compelling and poignant story.