Civil War historian Jonathan Beasley will share “Confederate Soldiers from Dorchester” at 7 p.m. April 18 as part of the History Matters-Dorchester, held at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester, 1003 Greenway Drive, Cambridge, Maryland.

Leading up to the Civil War, Maryland was a divided state — split over states’ rights and the institution of slavery.

President Abraham Lincoln was not the candidate that Dorchester County voted for. In addition to states’ rights, eastern shoremen believed that they should be a separate state from Maryland. When the Civil War broke out, Dorchester Countians made choices — some based on their wallets and some on independence. Statewide, about one quarter of enlistments were made to the Confederate Army.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

For more, call 410-228-7953 or email dchs@verizon.net.