Monthly Archives: September 2017

Antietam Part I

                        Antietam Part I – Summary The Battle of Antietam took place near Sharpsburg, MD on 17 September 1862.  It is often referred to as the bloodiest day of the war.  The battle was the culmination of the Maryland Campaign which actually had its roots in earlier in actions that occurred in Virginia in the late spring and early summer of 1862. The Antietam Battle itself pitted rising star Robert E. Lee, the Virginian who had recently taken the reins of the Confederate army in the east, against the young, ambitious Union General George B. McClellan. Lee had faced McClellan a few months earlier in southeastern Virginia and had thwarted McClellan at the end of the Peninsula Campaign, his grand plan to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond. During the spring and early summer, General McClellan had moved his army up the Virginia Peninsula, pushing the Confederates back in a series of engagements that began near Fort Monroe at the Chesapeake Bay and ended near the outskirts of Richmond. The Seven Days battles at the end of June were successive battles in which McClellan had done well—he even could be considered victorious in 4 out of 5 battles.  However, Robert…

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Sons of the White Eagle book cover

Listen to Mark Bielski on The Donna Seebo Show

You can listen to historian Mark Bielski live on The Donna Seebo Show this Tuesday, September 19 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST, discussing his book, Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation. Donna Seebo features authors and experts from around the world who share their insights with her worldwide audience. Informative and fun, this show has been on the air for 15 years. You are welcome to call into The Donna Seebo Show during the second half of the program. Call in number is 253.582.5597. Click here to listen to Mark on The Donna Seebo Show>> ABOUT SONS OF THE WHITE EAGLE Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation describes the fascinating story of nine transplanted Poles who participated in the Civil War. They span three generations and are connected by culture, nationality and adherence to their principles and ideals. The common thread that runs through their lives—the Polish White Eagle—is that they came from a country that had basically disintegrated at the end of the previous century, yet they carried the concepts of freedom they inherited from their forefathers…

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Battle of Antietam painting

History with Mark Bielski Podcast Fall Schedule

On September 13, 2017 I will be posting a podcast, where I will provide a preview of the historical topics I will be covering on History with Mark Bielski this fall and the experts who will be joining me. To give you a sneak peek of upcoming episodes, following is the September schedule. Mark your calendars, follow History with Mark Bielski on SoundCloud or subscribe to my podcast on iTunes or Google Play. History with Mark Bielski Podcast September 2017 Schedule September 13 – Preview of the lineup leading into December Host Mark Bielski provides information on the background of the historical topics he’ll be discussing and the historians who will join him on History with Mark Bielski this fall. September 20 – Antietam Part I Gerry Prokopowicz joins Mark to discuss the events leading up to the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. We cover the Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) that August, Robert E. Lee’s reasons for taking the Army of Northern Virginia into Maryland and the beginning of the battle. September 27 – Antietam Part II Gerry Prokopowicz returns to discuss the battle, its consequences and aftermath and the response from both sides. We include Abraham…

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