Neil P. Chatelain Naval Historian, Professor, Author, Teacher

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Neil P. Chatelain is a professor, historian, teacher, and author who specializes in researching, writing about, and speaking on naval operations of the U.S. Civil War.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Neil spent nine years as a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer, both on active duty and in the Navy Reserve. Neil is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, the University of Houston, and the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Neil now lives in the greater Houston area, teaching at both Lone Star College-North Harris and Carl Wunsche Sr. High School. In addition, he enjoys travelling around the world, and spending time with his wife Brittany and his dog Mouton.

Neil is the author of Defending the Arteries of Rebellion: Confederate Naval Operations in the Mississippi River Valley, 1861-1865 and Fought Like Devils: The Confederate Gunboat McRae. He has written in numerous journals, magazines, and online forums and spoken for conferences, museums, and Civil War roundtables.

Neil is a member of Emerging Civil War, the Society for Civil War Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Louisiana Historical Association, and the Council on America's Military Past.