“Ironclads, Cotton and Corn: The Civil War in the Mississippi Delta” will be the topic during Lakeport Legacies at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village.

Refreshments and conversation begin at 5:30 p.m. Lakeport Legacies, the monthly history talk at the facility, will feature guest presenter Jim Woodrick, director of the Historic Preservation Division at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

“Many Civil War historians have treated the Mississippi Delta region as a sideshow to more significant campaigns in the east. However, the Delta’s rich plantations supplied Union forces, witnessed some of the first ironclad battles of the Civil War, and the emancipation of thousands of slaves,” according to a press release.

“Historian Jim Woodrick will explore how the Delta was vital to Confederate interests and was the target of repeated Union attempts to utilize the region’s waterways as an avenue of invasion,” according to the release.

Woodrick is a native of Meridian, Mississippi. At the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, he worked for a number of years as the Civil War Sites Historian.

He managed the Mississippi Civil War Trails program, participated in battlefield and campaign studies with the National Park Service, and worked closely with the Civil War Trust and the American Battlefield Protection Program to identify Civil War battlefield properties in Mississippi for acquisition and preservation, according to the release.

A graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, Woodrick is the author of “The Civil War Siege of Jackson Mississippi.” Signed copies will available for purchase at the lecture. To register for this free event, contact Blake Wintory, Lakeport Plantation director, 870-265-6031.