In April 1861, 25-year-old Sam Clemens (alias Twain) was “livin’ large” in New Orleans and working his dream job as a riverboat pilot. And then, in the blink of an eye, his life changed forever. With the outbreak of the Civil War, the Mississippi River closed to commerce. Sam lost his lucrative career, and, being somewhat faint-hearted, feared that if he stayed in New Orleans he would be coerced to join either the Union or Confederate Navy. What to do?
Join us to find out! Enjoy a glass of your favorite brew while Jim Maurer, ’77, tells us about Sam’s next five years including his experiences in the wild west, run-ins with outlaws, his get-rich-quick schemes, and how he accidentally became the most famous man in America.