Military historian Ed Bearss will make an unprecedented sixth appearance as guest speaker at a Brunswick Civil War Round Table meeting Wednesday, January 6.
The Brunswick Civil War Round Table is now the largest Civil War round table in the country with almost 900 members, and continues to grow with each monthly meeting since its first meeting in May 2010.
Bearss is often referred to by his peers as a “living national treasure.” He’ll speak to the Brunswick group about “Lincoln and His Cabinet,” a topic the delves into President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet, one of the most unique in American history. Lincoln’s cabinet included several of his disappointed presidential opponents: William Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Simon Cameron and Edward Bates, who lost the Republican Party’s presidential nomination to Lincoln in 1860. Other members included Montgomery Blair, Hannibal Hamlin, Edward Stanton, Gideon Welles and Lincoln’s future successor, President Andrew Johnson.
Few historians can capture the drama, the excitement and the tragedy of the American Civil War quite like Bearss, who is in his 90s. With his encyclopedic knowledge, commanding narratives and unique presentation style, he captivates his audiences with facts, dates and events, in minute detail without the benefit of a single note or script. As he talks, he paces back and forth across the stage, usually keeping his eyes closed with an uncanny ability to remember every detail of his presentation.
Bearss is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in history and preservation. He is a prolific writer, Civil War battlefield guide, author of numerous books, and has provided television commentary on the A&E Network, the History Channel, the TLC Channel, and the Ken Burns’ PBS series on “The Civil War.” In addition, he is the Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, and continues to lecture and guide five or six days a week including multi-day tours with two tour companies, the Blue and Gray Education Society and the Smithsonian Associates.
This special Round Table meeting will be held at Hatch Auditorium on the grounds of the North Carolina Baptist Assembly on Caswell Beach. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m. The guest admission fee is $10, and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues.