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2001  |  Hall of Fame Member

Donald C. Pfanz

Donald C. Pfanz
Career HighlightsNational Park Service Historian, Interpreter, Preservationist, Author
AwardEdwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award
Inducted2001

Don Pfanz was a National Park Service historian at Petersburg National Battlefield in 1987 when he wrote a letter that led to creation of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and the start of the modern Civil War battlefield preservation movement. Horrified by the destruction of the battlefield at Chantilly by rampant development, Pfanz called for an organization “to preserve battlefield land by direct purchase” and other means in a letter to historian Brian Pohanka on April 22, 1987. The letter prompted an organizing effort which that July spawned APCWS, of which Pfanz was a co-founder. Pfanz has authored or co-authored five books on the Civil War. He retired from the Park Service in 2013 as a historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

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...
2013  |  Hall of Fame Member

The Rev. Bob Bluford

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...
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...