Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Semper Fi Edwin Bearss

This past weekend, Fort Donelson National Battlefield, as part of their 150th celebrations, brought in the preeminent historian Edwin Bearss . . . Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service.

He shut his eyes and then talked extemporaneously in detail for the next hour and forty-five minutes! And he did it with a booming voice. Asked if he needed a microphone, he stated that if he held a microphone he would start gyrating like Elvis Presley.

As we own several books by Bearss, Dudeboy got him to sign one of them . . . Forrest at Brice's Cross Roads. It is not often that one gets to meet a real legend. I only wish we could have toured a battlefield with him. And then all I would have had to do was shut my eyes (along with Bearss), listened to his resonant voice and been transported back to another time.

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