The Rockland Historical Society and the Rockland Public Library will cosponsor a program by Civil War historian Peter Dalton on the Civil War letters of Hezekiah Long of South Thomaston at the library, 80 Union St., Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. The program will be followed by refreshments and conversation in the Historical Society Museum.

Handwritten copies of Long’s letters were discovered at the Rockland Historical Society, and the Richardson Civil War Round Table of Searsport published them. The letters tell many important aspects of a soldier’s life and give an eyewitness account of stories later told by veterans and historians.

Long served with Joshua Chamberlain in the 20th Maine from September 1862 to May 1865. As first sergeant of Company F, he helped defend Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. Long’s letters reveal the human side of war. He complained about the awful living conditions and his rheumatism, and at the same time he showed that he cared for his young soldiers like a father. Long’s love of his family and his country shine through his letters.

Dalton retired from Hewlett Packard and follows his passion, researching Civil War history. He is currently working on a biography of General Hiram G. Berry. Dalton is active in the Richardson Civil War Round Table, and he has written two books, which will be available for sale.