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Dr. Craig Symonds, author and professor emeritus, U.S. Naval Academy, will present “The Civil War Blockade” at the next evening lecture, March 18, at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation. 

Symonds is Professor Emeritus of American History at the United States Naval Academy from which he retired in 2005.  The first person ever to win both the Naval Academy’s “Excellence in Teaching” award (1988) and its “Excellence in Research” award (1998), he also served as History Department chair from 1988 to 1992, and received the Department of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service medal on three occasions. He served as Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island (1971–74) and at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England (1994–95).

Dr. Symonds is the author of twelve books, including prize-winning biographies of Joseph E. Johnston (1992), Patrick Cleburne (1997), and Franklin Buchanan (1999), as well as The American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg (2001). Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History (2005), won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History. His most recent book, Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War, won both the Barondess Prize and the Lincoln Prize for 2009.

Dr. Symonds was the successor to the internationally renowned E.B. “Ned” Potter who collaborated with Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz on their seminal book, “Sea Power,” as the “Navalist” for three plus decades on the History Faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy. Dr. Symonds has achieved equal notoriety with his predecessor for his work and publications on topics relating to the history of the U.S. Navy and Maritime Power. He is also esteemed for his work on the U.S. Civil War.

To attend the lecture, call Special Events at (401) 841-1068 or e-mail eveninglecture@nwc.navy.mil.  The deadline for reservations is Friday, March 13.  Due to limited seating, reservations will be first come, first served.