Annual Ed Bearss Presentation
“Had I Been A Civil War Soldier: A Historian Reflects on Medical Conditions from the Civil War to WWII.”
Sunday, January 7
From 2 – 3:30 pm
At Cullman Performance Hall, NC History Center, 529 South Front Street
Reception following in Mattocks Hall
Civil War historian Ed Bearss, an American treasure, has scheduled his 12th annual visit in New Bern. This year’s presentation will focus on his experience as a Marine in WWII and the possible outcome if he had incurred his extensive injuries during the Civil War. Bearss was with the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion in the invasion of Guadalcanal and the Russell Islands and 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, in New Britain. In 1944, Bearss was severely wounded by Japanese machine gun fire and spent 26 months recovering in various hospitals.
Ed Bearss served as Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994 and is now Chief Historian Emeritus. He is a renowned 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 for The Smithsonian Associates.
This Congressional Gold Medal nominee continues to share his vast knowledge and passion for history. Civil War students clamor to hear him speak. At 90+ Bearss still leads numerous tours 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.
Bearss was instrumental in researching and planning the restoration of New Bern’s Civil War Battlefield Park. Your tax-deductible donation of $10 per person to attend this lecture will go entirely to support the New Bern Battlefield Park.
This will be a sellout, so make your reservation now! To reserve a seat and make your tax-deductible donation by phone, call the New Bern Historical Society at 252-638-8558. Click here to pre-pay online. No paper tickets will be issued for this event; simply check-in at the door. Limited seating without reservations will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
This lecture is presented by the New Bern Historical Society with the support of the
New Bern Civil War Round Table and Tryon Palace.