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Edwin Cole Bearss

Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War
Excerpts (MP3 files) recorded at the Library, Arts & Culture Department on Monday, April 16, 2007.

Thanks to Mr. Bearss for allowing the Library to record and present excerpts from his lecture on the Library website.

Ed Bearss Biography

Few historians have ever captured the drama, excitement, and tragedy of the War Between the States quite like Edwin Bearss. The acclaimed "Homer of the Civil War," has won a huge, devoted following with his extraordinary battlefield tours and eloquent soliloquies about the heroes, scoundrels, and little-known moments of a conflict that still fascinates America. Antietam, Shiloh, Chickamauga, Gettysburg: these hallowed battles and more than a dozen more come alive as never before, rich with human interest and colorful detail culled from a lifetime of study.

Fields of Honor commemorates the 140th anniversary of the war's end with a unique narrative of its most critical battles, translating Bearss' inimitable delivery into print. As he guides readers from the first shots at Fort Sumter to Gettysburg's bloody fields to the dignified surrender at Appomattox, his engagingly plainspoken but expert account demonstrates why he stands beside Shelby Foote, James McPherson, and Ken Burns in the front rank of modern chroniclers of the Civil War, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning McPherson himself points out in his admiring introduction.

Edwin C. Bearss is the Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service and one of America's most renowned Civil War historians. He was featured by Smithsonian magazine in 2006 as "an American who made a difference." Mr. Bearss is the recipient of numerous awards in the field of history and preservation.

In 1990, he was a featured commentator for Ken Burns' PBS series, The Civil War, the most popular program broadcast by that network to date. Recently he has appeared on the Arts & Entertainment Channel's Civil War Journal. He has also published many books, including the definitive field guide, Smithsonian's Great Battles & Battlefields of the Civil War. In May 2006, he published Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War.

Ronald C. White, Jr.

Ronald C. White, Jr. is the author of The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words (Random House, 2005) and is now in its third printing.

Dr. White's Website (Blog, bio, and more)

Sound Files - Click on title to hear MP3 file.

Ronald White Introduction -- Lincoln scholar Ronald White introduces Ed
Parks Sites Walking in the steps of history
Sweet Nothings -- Value of uncensored letters and memos written during the Civil War to scholars
Ford's Theatre Tour and Monday Night Football
West of Santa Fe (movie)
John Brown Intro and Ken Burns Civil War Documentary
John Brown & John Wilkes Booth
Blend Words and Scene
Gettysburg Tours
General Hancock at Gettysburg
Lee and Grant at Appomattox


Acoustic Shadow "Could you comment on the phenomenon of sound waves not reaching certain soldiers; that they could be in the same battle and maybe something was going on over a hill and they couldn't hear it; that was some sort of physical phenomenon about how sound waves travel." Play clip
Fighting West of the Mississippi "Could you share your thoughts on the significance of the fighting west of the Mississippi River, particularly the guerilla warfare in Missouri?" Play clip
How to find tours "Could you suggest a resource for researching these tours of battlefields?" Play clip
Cold Harbor Campaign "I see in your book that you have a chapter on Cold Harbor. Can you give us a brief preview on the significance of the Cold Harbor Campaign?" Play clip
General Longstreet "First of all I'd like to thank you for bringing your talents and expertise to the 'Left Coast' so we could enjoy you. It's been a real honor to have you here.

Your feelings on Longstreet and Gettysburg and if Lee was still alive, would Early and his people have gone ahead with the bashing of Longstreet?"

Play clip
Anteitem Campaign and Special Order 191 "I have a question about the Anteitem Campaign. What do you think the significance of the 'Lost Order,' or Order 191 was to that campaign. What do you think would have happened if the Feds hadn't found these Orders?" Play clip

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