A Historian Reflects on the Civil War

Ed Bearss

Battlefield Historian – Ed Bearss

Ed Bearss Re-Scheduled for July 13

An American treasure, Civil War historian Ed Bearss was ready to speak to interested fans across eastern NC in January but the weather intervened. Now he is making a trip just to New Bern on Thursday, July 13. If you have interest in history, the Civil War, or exciting stories and characters, be sure to see this legend.

This is the eleventh in a series of annual visits for Bearss, one of the leading historians and experts on the Civil War. He will present his own reflections after more than three-quarters of a century of study and teachings on the subject. Many times his lectures have been delivered while hiking through the historic battlefields.  This presentation will be held at 11 am at the Cullman Auditorium in the North Carolina History Center.  The cost of lecture will be a tax-deductible donation of $10 with all proceeds going to support the New Bern Battlefield Park.  Reservations with donations for the January lecture will be honored.

Ed Bearss is a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II, a military historian, an author known for his work on the American Civil War and World War II eras, and a popular tour guide of historic battlefields. He served as Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994 and is now Chief Historian Emeritus.

This Congressional Gold Medal nominee continues to share his vast knowledge. Civil War students clamor to hear him speak.  At 90+, Bearss leads numerous tours—traveling as many as 200 days per year—around the United States, the Pacific, and Europe.  He has been named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the “35 Who Made A Difference,” along with the likes of Maya Angelou, Steven Spielberg, and Sally Ride. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this amazing man.

To reserve a seat or for additional information, please call the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558 or go to http://newbernhistorical.org/ed-bearrs-lecture/.  Advance reservations are advised; space permitting, donations will be accepted at the door.  This lecture is presented by the New Bern Historical Society with the support of Tryon Palace and the Civil War Roundtable.

The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education.  Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern.  The Society also owns and maintains the New Bern Battlefield Park, site of the Civil War Battle of New Bern.  For more information, call 252-638-8558, visit NewBernHistorical.org or Facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.

Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, New Bern Historical Society

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