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Speakers announced for 2016 Ed Bearss Symposium

Legendary Civil Wat scholar, lecturer, tour guide and NPS official Ed Bearss with YDR blogger Scott Mingus during a past tour of York County's Civil War sites.
Legendary Civil Wat scholar, lecturer, tour guide and NPS official Ed Bearss with YDR blogger Scott Mingus during a past tour of York County’s Civil War sites.

Ted Alexander, Chief Historian of Antietam National Battlefield Park, has announced the speaker schedule for the upcoming 2016 Ed Bearss Symposium to be held April 7-10, 2016, at the Hampton Inn,955 Lesher Road in historic Chambersburg, Pa.

Ed Bearss is one of America’s foremost tour guides and historians, the author of several books, the former Chief Historian of the National Park Service, and a personal friend who has attended or co-led several of my past tours of Civil War sites in York County, Pa., as well as co-leading a tour of the Louisiana Tigers at Gettysburg with me a couple of years ago for Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute.

Here is the schedule of speakers and topics for this year’s symposium. Pricing, hotel rates, and additional information is available on the event’s website.

Ed Bearss, Dean Shultz, and their friends listen to Scott Mingus discuss the controversial 1863 surrender of York PA to Jubal Early's Confederates.
Ed Bearss, Dean Shultz, and their friends listen to Scott Mingus discuss the controversial 1863 surrender of York PA to Jubal Early’s Confederates.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bus tour led by Ed Bearss and Dave Friend on “Gettysburg Day 2: The Wheat Field and Peach Orchard.”

7:30 p.m. Evening talk: “Ethics in the Confederacy” by Ted Alexander

Friday, April 8, 2016

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Concurrent sessions at the Hampton Inn: “The Life and Death of General Joseph Mansfield: 12th Corps Commander at Antietam” by Tom Clemens; “Stuart’s Finest Hour: The Ride around McClellan, June 1862” by John Fox III; and “Give Them the Cold Steel (or Not): A Military and Cultural History of the Bayonet” by Dana Shoaf.

The theme then shifts to the American Revolution and WWII.

1:30 to 5 p.m. Concurrent sessions at the Hampton Inn: “The Generalship of Washington” by Ed Bearss; “The Opposing Forces at Brandywine” by Stuart Dempsey; and “Flickering Forlorn Hope: The Battles of Bataan and Corregidor” by Christopher Kolakowski.

7:30 p.m. Dinner session: “The Many Faces of Leadership: The Civil War and Beyond” by Lt. Col. Ralph Peters.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. All-day bus tour “The Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777” by Ed Bearss

Sunday, April 10, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Concurrent sessions at the Hampton Inn: “Terror on the Monongahela: Braddock’s Defeat” by John Miller; “The Battle of Baltimore, September 1814” by Steve Bockmiller; and “Lee Thwarted: Did McClellan Outthink Lee During the First Invasion?” by Dennis Frye.

Price range from $50 for the Sunday-only admission to $525 for the entire symposium, with a range of fees for individual events. If you have never heard Ed Bearss speak or attend one of his rapid-fire history tours, then you will want to take advantage of this opportunity!