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Civil War Monitor Reviews A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy

The latest review of my new book, A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Fall of New Orleans, 1862, was published in the Civil War Monitor on June 30, 2021. Riley Sullivan, an independent historian based in San Antonio, wrote the review. As he notes: “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.” The review is excerpted below. BIELSKI: A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy (2021) Riley Sullivan, Civil War Monitor When one thinks of the Civil War, they often think of the blood-soaked battlefields between Washington, D.C., and Richmond. This “Virginia-centric” mindset has dominated the historiographical landscape for much of Civil War history. More recent scholars have taken an interest in the events of the western and trans-Mississippi theaters. While many historians have agreed with Abraham Lincoln that the “key” to Union victory was the capture of…

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