With the passing of National Park Service Historian Emeritus Ed Bearss, we would like to offer a unique insight into the making of this legend.
Available for free download below, we pull from the archives and present the two part interview of Ed as published in the February & April 2000 issues of Blue & Gray Magazine. Interviewer Kieran McAuliffe provides an opportunity to learn about the man, and about the influences that created this legendary historian.
Edwin Cole Bearss, at the age of 76, is Historian Emeritus for the National Park Service and is considered the dean of all Civil War tour guides. He can outwalk, outtalk or outshout anyone who is fortunate enough to be on one of his many tours across battlefields in the United States, and now into Canada and Europe. His knowledge of the Civil War is legendary.
Blue & Gray Magazine Phase 2
Since 2017, Blue & Gray no longer publishes a bi-monthly magazine. However, Editor/Publisher Dave Roth is dedicated to bringing back important out-of-print material in an 8.5 x 11 soft-cover book format through Amazon on Demand. The first book is on the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness. It was never available in a print version, but originally was published as a download in 2017, when B&G had to cease publishing. This is the first publication with Amazon in what is being referred to as Blue & Gray Magazine Phase 2.
The authors of the Wilderness book are Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White. The book includes Blue & Gray’s signature feature, “The General’s Tour,” with sites-to-see, tour and battle maps, as well as vintage and modern color photographs. The original title was “A Wilderness of Woe”: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864.
Each Map in Blue & Gray is placed on the page in several layers. During our review of the printer’s online digital proof prior to printing, we noticed the three two-page Battle Maps were marred by stray lines and marks. In the process of correcting the matter, the titles of those Maps were sent to a different layer and, unfortunately, did not print. The titles should have appeared as follows:
Map, Pp. 16-17, “Bentonville Battle Map 7, March 20, 1865”
Map, Pp. 58-59, “Bentonville Battle Map 8, March 21, 1865”
Map, Pp. 60-61, “Bentonville Battle Map 9, March 21, 1865”
The End in North Carolina
We featured Bentonville more than 20 years ago when Mark Bradley’s and Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes’ books on the battle were published concurrently in 1996, followed by Mark A. Moore’s excellent maps in his Historical Guide to The Battle of Bentonville (1997). Since then there has been scant new material focused solely on the Bentonville battle and campaign. When one considers that Sherman’s campaign through the Carolinas that led to the Confederate surrender at Bennett Place is the Western Theater equivalent of Grant’s final campaign that led to Appomattox, there is a huge gap in the amount of literature between the two major theaters.
After a wild couple of days, the website and and online store are back to full functionality…shop away!
Helena For the First Time
There’s a special thrill seeing a Civil War battlefield for the first time. We’ve done several issues on Arkansas, but they were all in the western part of the state: Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, action in and around Fort Smith. One exception was a brief stop in a field near the defunct Civil War town of Mound City, a short distance north of Memphis on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River. There a soybean farmer and a Memphis attorney located the buried remains of the illfated steamboat Sultana. It was part of a 1990 “General’s Tour” feature.
Shown is the author, Mark Christ, at the Union fortification on Graveyard Hill.
Please note that the current issue featuring the North Anna Campaign seems to be moving extremely slow through the USPS. The issue was mailed about 2 1/2 weeks ago but is still being delivered to readers. Hang tight, the issue is on its way.