BY LINDA BENTLEY | JANUARY 4, 2012
Scottsdale Civil War Round Table
Ed Bearss presents "Raising The Cairo" Jan. 17
Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, is one of the foremost Civil War historians on the planet. He is a celebrated tour guide, lecturer, author, and authority on all aspects of our Civil War. Smithsonian magazine featured him in 2006 as “an American who made a difference.” He has also been called “The Homer of the American Civil War.” He was a featured commentator for Ken Burns’ PBS Series, “The Civil War” (1990), which is still the most popular program broadcast by that network to date.
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, Mississippi, 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 U.S.S. Cairo.
We are fortunate to have him speaking to our group once again on January 17, as this U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II is a speaker much in demand, who also maintains a busy schedule leading tours of historic battlefields.
Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable meets the third Tuesday of every month (except December, June, July and August) at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale at 6:45 p.m. Speakers are comprised of well known Civil War experts from around the country.