A petition drive is underway to honor Civil War historian Ed Bearss.
Bearss, historian emeritus for the National Park Service and a good friend of many in the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable, just turned 93 and is still active in the field of Civil War history and preservation.
Those who wish to join the petition drive may do so at this site.
Bearss is the Civil War Trust’s Special Assistant for Military Sites and former Chief Historian at the National Park Service. He is the winner of numerous history and preservation awards, including the T. Harry Williams Award, the Bruce Catton Award, the Alvin Calman Award, the Bell I. Wiley Award, the Harry S. Truman Award for Meritorious Service in the Field of Civil War History, and the Civil War Preservation Trust Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award.