January Civil War Round Table guest speaker to be Ed Bearss

Ed Bearss posing with an interactive mural at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. (submitted photo)

Ed Bearss posing with an interactive mural at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. (submitted photo)

On Jan. 17, the Scottsdale Civil War Round Table will feature Ed Bearss, chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service.

Mr. Bearss is one of the foremost Civil War historians around, according to a press release. He is a celebrated tour guide, lecturer, author and authority on all aspects of the Civil War.

Smithsonian Magazine featured him in 2006 as “an American who made a difference,” the release stated. He has also been called “The Homer of the American Civil War.”

Mr. Bearss was a featured commentator for Ken Burns’ PBS series, “The Civil War,” which is tsill the most popular program broadcast by that network to date, the release stated.

The Civil War Trust created the Ed Bearss Award for achievements in Historic Preservation and made him the first recipient in 2001.

Locating two forgotten forts at Grand Gulf, Miss., along with helping to develop other new parks at Pea Ridge and Wilson’s Creek, he did the research that led him to the long-lost Union gunboat, the U.S.S. Cairo.

Mr. Bearss is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II.

The free round table will begin at 6:40 p.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Go to www.scottsdalecwrt.org or call 480-699-5844 for more.

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