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A "National Treasure" Returns To Brunswick Civil War Round Table

Ed BearssDecember 22, 2011 - Southport, NC - A "National Treasure" is how most historians describe Ed Bearss, because he is considered to be more knowledgeable about the Civil War than any other historian. By popular demand, Bearss will be the special guest speaker once again at the Brunswick Civil War Round Table's Wednesday, January 11th meeting. To accommodate Mr. Bearss' schedule, this special meeting date replaces the regularly scheduled "first Tuesday of the month" meeting. With an especially large turnout expected, the meeting will be held at the Brunswick County Senior Center, 1513 N. Howe St., Southport, adjacent to the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel.

As Round Table director and program chairman Max Williams maintains, "Ed is amazingly knowledgeable and has an incomparable style and voice long remembered by those fortunate enough to hear him speak." Currently in his eighties, he continues to lead numerous Civil War site tours and presentations. He is Director Emeritus of the National Park Service's Historical Section; the recipient of numerous awards in the field of history and preservation; a prolific writer, editor and author of numerous books and articles; and, has provided television commentary on the A&E Network, the History Channel, the TLC Channel, including the Ken Burns PBS series "The Civil War."

His presentation is entitled, "President Lincoln and General McClellan: A Troubled Partnership." Their relationship was stormy throughout the Civil War. After a disastrous Union defeat at the Battle of Bull Run, Lincoln summoned McClellan to Washington, and soon elevated him to commander of all Union armies. Despite McClellan's ability to build an effective fighting force, Lincoln soon became frustrated by McClellan's reluctance to fight, his refusal to share his plans and eventually was considered an ineffective field commander. Frustrated by McClellan's actions, Lincoln finally dismissed him as army commander on November 5, 1862.

Everyone is invited to attend this special meeting, whether you are a Civil War buff or simply want to know more about this important period in our country’s history. Registration for this special meeting will begin at 6:30 on Wednesday, January 11th. The admission fee will be $10 for guests. However, if an individual or couple wishes to become a member, the $10 fee will be applied toward the $25 annual membership fee. Student guests will automatically become members with their $10 admission fee.

For more information about this special Wednesday meeting, contact president Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or email him at wrueckel@questor.com.



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