One of the great champions of battlefield preservation in our own era was Ed Bearss. His research, tours, and storytelling were legendary, and he tirelessly advocated for saving the places where history happened.
Last year on October 30, 2021, a public, posthumous dedication in Bentonville, North Carolina memorialized his life and legacy and celebrated the preservation work that has been accomplished in the Civil War Carolinas Campaign. The day began with a tour of highlights of the Bentonville Battlefield led by Mark Bradley and the Bentonville staff. Three generations of the Bearss family gathered for the ceremony which was held adjacent to the visitor center.
More than 40 excited and emotion attendees came to pay their respects and share memories on this core battlefield that had been preserved in Ed Bearss honor in June 2020. Later, inside the visitor center, a special plaque was unveiled, honoring his legacy and serving as a reminder that preservation heroes lead and inspire.