Join Us for a Special Book Event: A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy | Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours

Join Us for a Special Book Event: A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy

A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy book coverThe Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans, Louisiana, will be hosting our Director, Mark Bielski, to celebrate the release of his new book, A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Fall of New Orleans, 1862, on Thursday, June 24 at The Rink (2727 Prytania Street). The event is both in-person and virtual. Many of us from SAHT will be there, so if you live in the area we hope to see you. If not, join us from the comfort of your home!


The book discussion and signing will be held on Thursday, June 24 from 6:00-7:30 PM. During the event, Mark will read excerpts from his work as he guides guests through the fall of New Orleans, followed by a Q&A segment. He will also be available to sign and personalize copies after the Q&A.

Both in-person and virtual tickets are available on EventBrite. In-person tickets for the evening are $20 and include food and beverage offering and a copy of the book. Virtual tickets are also available on Eventbrite for $25 and include shipment of a copy of the book.

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Traditional history has not devoted a great deal of attention to the fall of New Orleans, a Civil War event that was an early harbinger of the dark days to come for the Confederacy. A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy begins in the spring of 1862, when a furious naval battle began downriver from the city at Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the joyous celebrations of Mardi Gras turned into the Easter season of dread as the sound of the distant bombardment reached New Orleans, portending an ominous outcome. Throughout the book, Bielski covers 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.

As noted in a review by Civil War Books and Authors, “Part of the prolific Emerging Civil War series of introductory-scale titles, Bielski’s new book combines popular appeal in text and presentation with sound synthesis and analysis.”

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