2002  |  Hall of Fame Member

Jerry L. Russell

Jerry L. Russell
Career HighlightsPreservationist, Public Relations Specialist, Political Consultant
AwardEdwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award

Jerry Russell (1933-2003) was the national voice of the Civil War battlefield preservation movement – often a lone voice – before the creation of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites in 1987. Russell was an Arkansas public relations specialist and political consultant, but found his true calling in fighting the tide of battlefield-scarring development from the 1960s until his death in 2003. He co-founded the Civil War Round Table of Arkansas in 1964 and many others to follow. In 1968, he established Civil War Round Table Associates, serving as national chairman and editor of its newsletter. The brash and outspoken Russell used his publication as an often-acerbic, never-silent megaphone for preservation, urging its readers to write their senators, representatives and other public officials to fight the desecration of hallowed ground at battlefield after battlefield.

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...