In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including biography, Civil War history, politics, and more.
The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single-day conflict in American history and the first major battle to take place on Union soil. Historian D. Scott Hartwig examines the tense build-up to this critical turning point in the Civil War, from the return of George B. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac through the Confederate invasion, the siege and capture of Harpers Ferry, and the day-long Battle of South Mountain.
D. Scott Hartwig, author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, recently retired as the Supervisory Park Historian for the Gettysburg National Military Park, where he worked for more than 30 years.
This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.
Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.
This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.