War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
James M. McPherson
Wed, July 10th, 2013 | 7:00 pm


In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including politics, biography, Civil War history, and more.

Although they represented a small percentage of their respective military forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial players to the Civil War’s outcome. In this program, James M. McPherson offers an in-depth look at the harrowing challenges each side confronted throughout the war and why, ultimately, the Union triumphed.

For more information, please visit


James M. McPherson, distinguished American Civil War historian, is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his book, Battle Cry of Freedom and his latest book is War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865.


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: The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Please note that not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and Oxford University Press.

Creative: Tronvig Group