2012  |  Hall of Fame Member

Edward T. Wenzel

Edward T. Wenzel
Career HighlightsHistorian, Preservationist, Author
AwardEdwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award

Ed Wenzel is one of the originators of the modern battlefield preservation movement. He is a co-founder of both the Chantilly Battlefield Association and the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, forerunner of the American Battlefield Trust. Wenzel, from Vienna, Va., also was a driving force at Manassas in the Save the Battlefield Coalition, working side by side with Annie Snyder in the late 1980s to fight and defeat a regional mall approved for the Second Manassas battlefield. Now retired as a topographic map compiler with the U.S. Geological Survey, Wenzel joined fellow Bearss Award honorees Clark B. Hall and Brian Pohanka in 1986 to form the Chantilly Battlefield Association and save 4.1 acres at that Northern Virginia battlefield. Since then, Wenzel has remained a tireless advocate for the preservation and commemoration of Civil War history, particularly in Fairfax County, Va. In 2015, Wenzel published the first volume of his authoritative Chronology of The Civil War in Fairfax County Vol. I.

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

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...