Help Ed Bearss Receive the Congressional Gold Medal

  1. Our beloved friend and historian Ed Bearss has been nominated to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for his role in saving America’s history. Will you please join me in helping to secure this well-deserved honor for the most important man in the history of battlefield preservation?
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Help Ed Bearss Receive the Congressional Gold Medal

Dear [Decision Maker],

I write to you today to respectfully ask you to cosponsor HR 1225, a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Edwin Cole "Ed" Bearss, in recognition of his contributions to the preservation of American Civil War sites and his continued efforts to bring our nation's history alive.

Through his long and distinguished career, Ed has been a preeminent Civil War historian -- inclusive of time spent serving as Chief Historian for the National Park Service -- and WWII veteran.

Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Bearss joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving with the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion during the invasion of Guadalcanal and the Russell Islands. He was badly wounded in gunfire at "Suicide Creek," Cape Gloucester, New Britain, while serving with the 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

After returning home, Mr. Bearss furthered his education and pursued a career with the National Park Service, where he could follow his true passion in life: the history of the Civil War. He has a lifetime of accomplishments imparting the lessons and legacies of America's conflicts to new generations. These include his discovery of the U.S.S. Cairo, a long-lost Union ironclad gunboat sunk by Confederate submarine torpedoes in 1862 that was buried in the mud of the Yazoo River, during his tenure as park historian at the National Battlefield Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Now into his 90s, Mr. Bearss continues to lead interpretive tours of Civil War battlefields throughout Virginia and the nation in rain, snow or shine, recounting astonishing details of the battles from memory and captivating audiences with his vivid imagery and "Homeric monologues."

As a constituent from your district, I would greatly appreciate your consideration of cosponsoring this legislation, HR 1225, to recognize Ed's remarkable passion for the preservation of our nation's history. Rep. Gerry Connolly is the lead sponsor of this legislation, which also has the support of filmmaker Ken Burns, historian James McPherson, and the Civil War Trust, the nation's foremost battlefield preservation organization.

Thank you for your consideration, and for your service.

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