October Meeting – Ed Bearss

Join us on October 8 as the incomparable historian Ed Bearss discusses the Vicksburg Campaign.

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Location: Loudoun County Courthouse (downtown Leesburg, corner of Market and King Streets), Leesburg, Virginia

Topic: Command Decisions in the Vicksburg Campaign

Guest Speaker: Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus NPS

The Vicksburg Campaign was critical for both the North and the South in 1863.  Much was at stake for both sides as their respective armies maneuvered over a large area of the Mississippi River valley to either seize or maintain control of the vital Mississippi River from January to July 1863.  The outcome of this singularly important campaign to capture the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi would largely determine who would eventually win the Civil War.  The important command decisions during the course of the campaign, resulting in defeat for the South and victory for the North, will be carefully examined by our guest speaker for October.

About our speaker:
Edwin C. Bearss served as the Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994. He holds a B.S. degree from Georgetown University and a M.A. in history from Indiana University.  He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. Bearss first joined the National Park Service in 1954 and was assigned to Vicksburg National Military Park. There he researched the sinking and the site of the ironclad USS Cairo. During the Centennial, he led efforts to develop and improve battlefield parks.

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