2013  |  Hall of Fame Member

The Rev. Bob Bluford

The Rev. Bob Bluford
Career HighlightsWorld War II Veteran, Presbyterian Minister, Preservationist
AwardEdwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award

A B-24 bomber pilot in Europe during World War II, the Rev. Bob Bluford returned home to Richmond, Va., to become a Presbyterian minister, a tireless community servant and a dedicated preservationist of the Richmond-area battlefields. Among his many preservation accomplishments. Bluford was closely involved with the Trust’s acquisition in 2000 of the 245-acre Burhman Tract at Malvern Hill in Henrico County. He also helped secure 5.8 battlefield acres at Totopotomoy Creek in 2006. A decade earlier, in 1995, Bluford worked with developers to buy and preserve 100 acres of battlefield land with intact earthworks at Cold Harbor while allowing a subdivision development to go forward. His extensive list of public service accomplishments includes co-founding the Fan Free Clinic in Richmond in 1968 and leading the movement to save the pre-Revolution site of Polegreen Church in Mechanicsville. Bluford celebrated his 100th birthday in December 2018.

2018 & 2001  |  Hall of Fame Member

Edwin C. Bearss

Badly wounded by Japanese machine-gun fire in the Pacific during World War II, Ed Bearss spent 26 months in military hospitals, where he spent...
2012  |  Hall of Fame Member

Clark B. Hall

FBI supervisory agent and congressional investigator Clark B. “Bud” Hall became involved in the fight to save a part of Virginia’s Chantilly...
2012  |  Hall of Fame Member

Edward T. Wenzel

Ed Wenzel is one of the originators of the modern battlefield preservation movement. He is a co-founder of both the Chantilly Battlefield Association...
2012  |  Hall of Fame Member

Emanuel “Tersh” Boasberg III

Since the first years of the modern Civil War battlefield preservation movement, Tersh Boasberg has been a tireless advocate for saving hallowed...