2012  |  Hall of Fame Member

Emanuel “Tersh” Boasberg III

Emanuel “Tersh” Boasberg III
Career HighlightsLawyer, Preservationist
AwardEdwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award

Since the first years of the modern Civil War battlefield preservation movement, Tersh Boasberg has been a tireless advocate for saving hallowed ground. Boasberg, a Harvard Law School graduate and Washington, D.C., lawyer specializing in preservation and land-use issues, provided the legal muscle for the Save the Battlefield Coalition, Annie Snyder’s grassroots organization that defeated a mall on the Manassas battlefield. He helped start the Brandy Station Foundation and worked closely with preservationist and fellow Bearss honoree Clark B. Hall to defeat plans for a race track and a massive residential/industrial development on the Brandy Station battlefield. His call for a study of the state of battlefield preservation, published in The Washington Post in 1992, helped lead to the establishment of the congressional Civil War Sites Advisory Commission. From 2000 to 2011, Boasberg chaired the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Review Board.

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...