Kirk David Lyons
My Dad made the silver Texas star Ed wears on his lapel. Ed came
to the Austin Civil War Round Table every year - my Dad & his friend
Fred Morse would pick Ed up & return him to the airport for almost
From Nicholas: Edwin Cole Bearss, Civil War historian
extraordinaire, turns 97 this June.
Unfortunately, Ed’s health is
starting to fail. Tom Broadfoot, of Broadfoot Publishing, released an
email today stating, in part, the following:
“Ed Bearss, decorated Marine, wounded
at Guadalcanal, author of many Civil War books, leader of thousands of
Civil War battlefield tours, sought-after Civil War speaker, Chief
Historian of the National Park Service. If your interest is the Civil
War Ed has contributed greatly to your interest.
Ed is now 96, and confined to his apartment. He is quite hard of hearing so phone calls and visits are not beneficial.
He much enjoys and appreciates letters, as his wonderful caretaker daughter Jenny says ‘letters make his day.’
So—consider taking a few minutes to write to Ed. Ideas: talk about the
books he authored, or recall a tour or speech he gave, thank him for his
service as a Marine and a Parks historian; pen any stories you have of
the Civil War. If you’ve purchased any books from our recent catalogue
of Ed’s books...tell him how pleased you are to have books from his
Letters may be mailed to:
1126 17th St. S.
Arlington, VA 22202