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Born in Billings, Montana, USA
Birth NameEdwin Cole Bearss

Mini Bio (1)

Ed Bearss was born on June 26, 1923 in Billings, Montana, USA as Edwin Cole Bearss. He is known for his work on Gods and Generals (2003), Grant vs Lee (1999) and The Civil War (1990). He was previously married to Margie Riddle.

Spouse (1)

Margie Riddle (1958 - 2006) (her death) (3 children)

Trivia (3)

Growing up on his grandfather's farm near Hardin, Montana, he named the cattle after Civil War generals and battles. After high school, he joined the Marines, seeing action in World War II at Guadalcanal. Machine-gun fire permanently disabled his left arm. After the war, he received a B.S. degree from Georgetown University and a M.A. in history from Indiana University.
He is a renowned authority on the American Civil War, its battles and personalities. He has written many books on Civil War subjects, and is a sought-after speaker and legendary battlefield tour guide.
He was hired by the National Park Service, and was assigned to the post of Park Historian at Vicksburg (Mississippi). In 1981, he became Chief Historian for the NPS, and retired in 1995. He continues to participate in round-table discussions and lead groups on battlefield tours.

Personal Quotes (1)

We're in an age of Teflon people now. People then [19th century] were more original, more individual.

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