This is a most worthwhile event because Symonds, professor emeritus of the U.S. Naval Academy history department, is a delightful speaker who could probably make any subject interesting, and because it will be held at the Lincoln Cottage, a lesser-known Washington Civil War site.

This is a great opportunity to be introduced to the naval history of the Civil War or to expand your knowledge on the subject.

There is a reception at 6 p.m. ($10) and the lecture is at 6:30 p.m. ($10).