Historian Mark Bielski Speaks at Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable | Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours

Historian Mark Bielski Speaks at Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable

A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy book coverHistorian Mark Bielski, Ph.D. spoke at the Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, about his book, A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Fall of New Orleans, 1862.

History has not devoted a great deal of attention to the fall of New Orleans, a Civil War drama that was an early harbinger of the dark days to come for the Confederacy. In his book, he tells of the leaders and men who fought for control of New Orleans, the largest city in the South, the key to the Mississippi, and the commercial gateway for the Confederacy.

The Roundtable presents nationally known speakers each month from September through May at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library Auditorium. Watch Mark’s presentation on the Roundtable’s YouTube channel.

Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable

The Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable is the second biggest Civil War Roundtable in America. The mission of the Roundtable is to inform the public about the American Civil War, contribute to battlefield preservation and assist in the retention in the American memory of one of the most crucial events in our history. With 300 members from throughout the Valley they are one of the largest Roundtables in the United States.

Join Mark on the Mississippi River Campaign Tour

Join Mark Bielski October 12 – 20, 2024, on the Civil War: Mississippi River Campaign Tour in a trip designed to reconstruct the struggle for the river and the key transport routes of the Confederacy.

The Mississippi River was the major interstate highway of the nineteenth century America. It was also the strategic focal point of the Civil War. Whoever held the great river would control the continent. Without it, neither side could supply itself, so both the Confederates and the Federals made it a key aspect of overall strategy.

As you visit the sites and battlefields fought along the Mississippi River, including Memphis, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Port Hudson and New Orleans, you will discover the complexities of the Civil War and the South.

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