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Suicide Creek & Beyond: Ed Bearss, an American Icon

Our April 2014 Civil War seminar, “Weekend with Ed Bearss,” paid tribute to an American original. To preserve this rich history, we filmed four of Ed Bearss’ talks. This Ed Ed Bearss lectureBearss DVD Lecture Series is a 4 disc set from the man who some have called our greatest living national treasure. Discussions include Ed’s serious wounding in the Pacific in WWII, his work on salvaging and restoring the sunken gunboat U.S.S. Cairo, his classic work on the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, and his personal discussions with LBJ in the planning and acquisition of the LBJ Ranch for the National Park Service.

Cost is $29.95 plus shipping and tax. A portion of the proceeds will support the Ed Bearss Award.

Click here to buy the DVD SET. Please contact Lark Plessinger to for more information at or 717-264-7101 ext. 206.

Ed Bearss


Student Scholarship Opportunity

We are looking forward to our 2014 July seminar! Check out the details below about our student scholarship opportunity and let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Lark Plessinger, Program Coordinator

The Scott Hosier Scholarship is offered during our July 2014 seminar, “Terror on the Border: Summer 1864″ and is a full scholarship covering the non-membeCivil War Seminars & Toursr complete weekend package ($645 value). A $100 stipend for expenses is also offered if the awardee lives outside of a 50 mile radius from Chambersburg, Pa. The scholarship will be awarded to one student each year. The student must be at least 16 years old and must provide proof of student status whether at a high school, university or graduate level.

To apply, please send a letter stating why you would like to attend Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours’ “Terror on the Border: Summer 1864″ weekend, why you should receive the scholarship, and what your interest is in Civil War history. Applicants must provide proof of student status such as a copy of a student identification card. Application deadline is July 10, 2014. Send applications to or mail to Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours; 100 Lincoln Way E. Suite A; Chambersburg, Pa 17201.

Just days away!

Hi Folks,

Time is flying, but there is still time to sign up for our Ed Bearss weekend. This is going to be a really great event. Ed will be 91 this June. Yet he can still out hike most people. On Friday, April 4, we begin this special weekend with Ed talking about his service and wounding by the Japanese in the Pacific in WWII.  A talk on Ed’s books will follow. Terry Winschell, retired Chief Historian of Vicksburg, N.M.P. has read everything that Ed has ever written. His talk, “Reading Bearss” will provide an excellent introduction to Ed’s many published works. Next is a panel of scholars with Richard Sommers, Dennis Frye and others as we look at the man and his contributions to the history field.

After dinner Ed will present a power point program on one of his greatest preservation accomplishments, the raising and stabilization of the U.S.S. Cairo.

On Saturday, April 5  will be a walking tour of the final attack trail at Antietam.There Ed will tell the story of Burnside’s attack as only he can do. Next, the bus will go to Gettysburg for a bountiful lunch at the historic Dobbin’s House. Afterward, Ed will lead a tour of the fighting on July 1, 1863. Here is your chance to walk in the footsteps of Buford’s dismounted troopers, the Iron Brigade and Heth’s gray clad soldiers, with Americas’ premier battlefield guide. That evening we will have dinner and testimonials from many of Ed’s friends. Let us know if you would like to say something.


We will wrap up Sunday morning with a talk by Dennis Frye on his work with Ed over the years in the National Park Service. Ed will give two talks. Ed is the leading authority on the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and his book, FORREST AT BRICE’S CROSSROADS is the definitive work on the subject. Accordingly, we could not let this weekend pass without having him give a talk on the subject. The event will conclude with Ed discussing his several meetings with President Lyndon B. Johnson and the acquisition of the LBJ Ranch by the National Park Service.


I sure hope that you can make it to this truly unique event.


Best Wishes,


Ted Alexander

Co-Founder, Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours

2014 is here!

Our 2014 Civil War Seminars & Tours are about to begin! We began these events in 1989 to observe the 125th anniversary of the Burning of Chambersburg and our keynote speaker was Mr. Ed Bearss. Now 25 years later, we are still going strong.

Thank you for your support, and we invite you to join us this year with Ed, and MANY other top Civil War scholars.

-Ted Alexander