Acclaimed military historian and preservation pioneer Edwin Cole Bearss passed away on September 15, 2020, peacefully and surrounded by family, at the age of 97. A prolific author, frequent commentator and legendary tour guide, Ed Bearss brought history alive for millions of Americans with his deep voice and evocative descriptions. Among the originators of the modern battlefield preservation movement and a devoted tour guide, Bearss travelled up to 200 days per year into his 90s.
At the request of the Bearss Family, in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ed Bearss may be made to the American Battlefield Trust. Your gift today recognizes the special place that these battlefields held in his heart. All gifts to the Edwin C. Bearss Memorial Fund will used to secure additional lands associated with the Vicksburg Campaign.