Mathew Langdon Cost will present his historical fiction novel, “Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard,” Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Rockport Public Library sponsors this event.

“Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War” is a historical novel about one of the Civil War’s genuine heroes, a college professor with no formal military training who, together with a small company of men, turned the tide of the battle and the war with a bayonet charge at Gettysburg. This was not the end of his exploits, however, and by war’s end, he was so respected that Ulysses S. Grant chose Chamberlain to accept the South’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.

The novel traces Chamberlain’s evolution from an arrogant, overbearing professor to unwitting and unlikely hero and leader of men. Interwoven are subplots including the coming of age of his young orphaned aide, a complicated marriage and, of course, lots of rousing battle scenes.

Cost graduated with a BA in History from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He has since published two mystery novels, “Mainely Power” and “Mainely Fear.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.