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. 1225 was reintroduced in February 2017 and referred to the House Financial Services Committee for consideration.