Historian Mark Bielski, who leads our Civil War: Mississippi River Campaign Tour, has a new book, A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Fall of New Orleans, 1862. It is the latest in the Emerging Civil War Series by publisher Savas Beatie.
In writing A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy, Mark was excited to be able to delve into the way each side handled or mishandled the defense or capture of New Orleans in this important chapter of Civil War history. But his research has added another layer to this narrative.
Reviews of his book are starting to come in. Read what historians are saying and then pick up a copy to read for yourself!
A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: Book Reviews
Civil War Books and Authors
“As both a popular first-line approach to the topic as well as a solid historical summary for readers of all backgrounds to consider, Mark Bielski’s A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy is highly recommended reading for those seeking modern answers to the many how and why questions attached to Union triumph and Confederate failure in the critical New Orleans campaign of 1862.”
Riley Sullivan, Historian, Civil War Monitor
“As the title suggests, A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy engages debates about where the Civil War was won and lost. Unlike previous works, Bielski suggests that the mortal blow to the Confederate states did not come at Vicksburg, but rather with the loss of its greatest city. Supporting his arguments with relevant archival work, maps, and a keen understanding of the New Orleans coastal region, Bielski’s account is highly recommended.”
Arley McCormick, Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table
“This volume is a credit to the Savas Beatie Emerging Civil War Series and follows a similar format as previously published books in the series. This is another excellent reference and guide to the numerous locations in and around New Orleans that became targets and points of interest created by the events of the American Civil War.”
Buy A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy and Travel With Mark Bielski!
You can pick up a copy of A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy on Amazon, or order directly from Mark and he will send you an autographed copy.
You can also travel with Mark on the Civil War: Mississippi River Campaign Tour. This Civil War Tour visits the sites and battlefields fought along the Mississippi River, including Memphis, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Port Hudson and New Orleans, in a trip designed to reconstruct the struggle for the river and the key transport routes of the Confederacy. Mark personally designed this tour and did his doctoral research on the Civil War at the University of Birmingham, England.