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Ed Bearss

A Legend of Preservation

Short of Lee, Grant, Jackson and Sherman, few names in the study of the Civil War echo as loudly as Bearss. With his booming voice and encyclopedic knowledge of military history, Edwin Cole Bearss, chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service, has been called a living national treasure by the Smithsonian and received virtually every award in the field of historical study.

But thanks to a bill in Congress sponsored by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Bearss may soon receive a new accolade to add to his lengthy resume: Congressional Gold Medal recipient.

H.R. 2059 was introduced in April 2015 and referred to the House Financial Services Committee for consideration. Within two weeks, the measure attracted 105 cosponsors on both sides of the aisle, a profound testament to the high esteem in which this beloved historian is universally held.

Please use our simple online advocacy to please to sign your name as a “Citizen Co-Sponsor”  on the bill to urge your elected representatives in Washington to support this fitting tribute to a living legend.

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Ed Bearss

A Marine combat veteran of WWII, Ed Bearss was severely wounded on January 2, 1944 during fighting at “Suicide Creek” on the Pacific Island of Papua New Guinea. He is renowned for his unique understanding of how topography impacts the course of events on battlefields. His superb scholarship and remarkable abilities as an orator have inspired countless Americans to a deeper understanding and appreciation of history. And at 92 years old, he continues to be a dynamic and in-demand battlefield guide.

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