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The Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award honors those who have been leaders in our nation's battlefield preservation movement, contributing invaluable knowledge and great inspiration.

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2018 & 2001

Edwin C. Bearss

Badly wounded by Japanese machine-gun fire in the Pacific during World War II, Ed Bearss spent 26...
Hall of Fame Rev. Bob Bluford Square
2013

The Rev. Bob Bluford

A B-24 bomber pilot in Europe during World War II, the Rev. Bob Bluford returned home to Richmond,...
Hall of Fame Tersh Boasberg Square
2012

Emanuel “Tersh” Boasberg III

Since the first years of the modern Civil War battlefield preservation movement, Tersh Boasberg has...
Hall of Fame Clark Hall Square
2012

Clark B. Hall

FBI supervisory agent and congressional investigator Clark B. “Bud” Hall became involved in the...
Hall of Fame Edward Wenzel Square
2012

Edward T. Wenzel

Ed Wenzel is one of the originators of the modern battlefield preservation movement. He is a co-...
Hall of Fame Norman D. Dicks Square
2010

Norman D. Dicks

Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wa.), who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 2013, was a...
Hall of Fame Deborah Fitz Square
2008

Deborah Fitts

As a reporter and writer for the Civil War News from 1989 until her death from breast cancer in...
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2007

John P. “Jack” Ackerly III

Richmond lawyer Jack Ackerly was already deeply involved in Civil War organizations in Virginia...
Hall of Fame Brian Pohanka Square
2006

Brian C. Pohanka

Brian Pohanka (1955-2005), a founder of the battlefield preservation movement, lived the role of a...
Hall of Fame Manuel Lujan Square
2006

Manuel Lujan Jr.

After representing New Mexico for 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Manuel Lujan Jr...
Hall of Fame Carrington Williams Square
2003

Carrington Williams

In the late 1990s, as the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and the original...
Hall of Fame Jerry Russell Square
2002

Jerry L. Russell

Jerry Russell (1933-2003) was the national voice of the Civil War battlefield preservation movement...
Hall of Fame Dennis E. Frye Square
2001

Dennis E. Frye

Retired National Park Service historian Dennis Frye is one of the founding fathers of the modern...
Hall of Fame Donald Pfanz Square
2001

Donald C. Pfanz

Don Pfanz was a National Park Service historian at Petersburg National Battlefield in 1987 when he...