Clarksville, TN – On Wednesday, July 18th, Clarksville’s Civil War Roundtable group will host a fundraiser at the Customs House Museum. The event will feature retired Chief Historian of the National Park Service, Ed Bearss, who will be presenting a lecture in the Museum’s Turner Auditorium at 7:00pm.
Ed is a combat wounded U.S. Marine who joined the National Park Service in the 1950s. Starting out at Vicksburg National Military Park as its historian, he rose to be the Chief Historian of the National Park Service and is retired from there as Chief Historian Emeritus. Ed is the most popular speaker on the Civil War lecture circuit today and is world renowned as a battlefield guide.Over the years he has lead thousands of tours for Civil War and other historical groups. Ed has appeared in the Ken Burns Civil War series as a historian/on camera expert and has done the same in the TV series Civil War Journal and on C-Span. Ed is also a featured speaker in the orientation film at the new U.S. Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia.
Ed has authored dozens of articles and essays for many state historical journals on Civil War topics and created all of the battlefield maps used by the National Park Service today. He has written booklets for the National Park Service as well as the definitive three volume set on the Vicksburg Campaign of 1863.
Ed has also written books on the battles of Brice’s Crossroads and Harrisburg in Mississippi and has co-written books on Vicksburg and Gettysburg. He also has an upcoming two volume set on the Petersburg Campaign.
Greg Biggs, Clarksville Civil War Roundtable President says of Bearss: “There are few living legends in America today and Ed Bearss is indeed one of them!”
Proceeds from this fundraiser will help the CWRT group aid in erecting a monument to Tennessee soldiers who fought at the Battle of Richmond in Kentucky. Tickets to the event are $10.00 at the door. CWRT and Museum Members get free admission. Seating is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.
About the Customs House Museum
Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum. With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!
The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Sr. Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are free.
The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org