The Battle of the Wilderness with Ed Bearss

Here’s the indomitable Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, speaking in his own unique manner on the Battle of the Wilderness.


  1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Unique to be sure, but I do enjoy listening to the old man.

  2. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Here’s a couple of things that most people probably don’t know about Ed Bearss. He was born in Billings, Montana and grew up on his family’s cattle ranch. He graduated from high school in 1941 and spent several months that summer hitchhiking around the U.S. visiting Civil War battlefields. His first hero of the CW was J.E.B. Stuart. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in April 1942 and took part in the invasions of Guadalcanal, the Russell Islands and New Britain. He was seriously wounded by machine gun fire on New Britain in January 1944 and spent 26 months recovering from his wounds. He was chief historian of the N.P.S. from 1981 to 1984. Finally, he turned 91 in June. I hope when I’m 91 I’m still as sharp and spry as he appears to be.

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