The Garden District Book Shop is thrilled to host local author and historian Mark F. Bielski to celebrate the release of, “A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Fall of New Orleans, 1862”, on June 24 at The Rink (2727 Prytania Street.) Bielski is an historian, author, the Director at Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours and host of the History with Mark Bielski podcast. 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. The book discussion and signing will be hosted on June 24 from 6:00-7:30 PM. During the event, Bielski will read excerpts from his work as he guides guests through the fall and rise 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. All state-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this event has limited capacity.