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October - The Mississippi River Squadron with Dwight Hughes

This month we welcome Dwight Hughes, a public historian, author, and speaker of Civil War naval history.  Dwight will present to us information relating to theUnion“brown-water” navalflotilla known as, TheMississippi River Squadron.

Our speaker writes, “History offers few examples other than the Civil War and Vietnam of extensive operations on inland shallow waters involving specialized classes of war vessels commanded and manned by naval personnel. The struggle for the Mississippi River, the spine of America, was one of the longest, most challenging and diverse campaign of the Civil War.”

Dwight graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 with a major in history and government. He served twenty years as a Navy surface warfare officer on many oceans in ships ranging from destroyer to aircraft carrier and with river forces in Vietnam (Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, Purple Heart).

Dwight taught Naval ROTC at the University of Rochester, earningan MA in Political Science, and later completed an MS in Information Systems Management from USC. Hissecond career wassoftware engineering, primarily in electronic mapping for the U.S. Geological Survey. Aridge in Antarctica isnamed for him in recognition of contributions to Antarctic databases and information services.

Our speaker’s current calling melds a love of the sea and ships with a lifetime study of naval history and a fascination with the Civil War. His commitment is to advance understanding of our Civil War heritage and to communicate that heritage in an educational and entertaining manner especially for new generations.

Dwight is author of A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah (Naval Institute Press, 2015) and contributing author at the Emerging Civil War blog.  He has presented at numerous Civil War Roundtables, historical conferences, and other venues. See http://civilwarnavyhistory.com/ for a list of previous presentations and summaries of presentations available for interested audiences.

Dwight lives with his wife, Judi, in the woods near Nokesville, VA, just down the road from the Bristoe Station battlefield.

We look forward to Dwight’s presentation, and hope you will join us!


The County Seat offers our members and guests a main course, or the soup and salad bar.  October’s main course will consist of tossed salad, hamburger steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, and dessert. Please specify your dining preference (main course or soup and salad bar) when you submit your pre-paid reservation, which is due the Tuesday prior to each meeting.  This month reservations must be received by October 16th.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:30 PM

$16.00 for members, $20.00 for guests.

Pre-Paid Reservations Must Be Received By October 16, 2018

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PCWRT, P.O. Box 1144, Powhatan, VA 23139

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