Fresh off his Keynote at Antietam's 150th, Ed Bearss to Present at Next Meeting

Next Meeting: TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012 at the Ft. McNair Officers Club. 6 PM Cash Bar, 7 PM Dinner (optional, $30), 8 PM Lecture (free to first time attendees). The one and only Ed Bearss will be our speaker. Reservations required. To make reservations or get more information, call (703)[masked] or send email to [masked] .

SPEAKER: Ed Bearss has worked as a historian at Vicksburg National Military Park where he did the research leading him and two friends to the long-lost Union gunboat U.S.S. Cairo. He also located two forgotten forts at Grand Gulf, Mississippi. During his time in the National Park Service Bearss led efforts regarding Pea Ridge; Wilson’s Creek; Fort Smith; Stones River, Fort Donelson; battlefields around Richmond, Fort Moultrie and Fort Point among many others.

Bearss was named Chief Historian of the National Park Service in 1981, a position he held until 1994. He served as special assistant to the NPS director from 1994 to 1995. After his retirement in 1995, he received the title Chief Historian Emeritus, which he holds to this day. Smithsonian named him as one of "35 Who Made a Difference" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/bearss.html

DIRECTIONS:  Fort McNair is located at 4th and P streets, SW, near the Waterfront/Marina. Some landmarks are the Waterfront Metro, the EPA building at Waterside Mall, Arena Stage.  Use the 2nd Street Entrance to enter the installation.

Coming from Virginia (South) via the 14th Street Bridge:
Take 95 North to 395 North going into Washington, DC. Go over the 14th Street bridge staying to the left. The road splits - left to route 1 and right to 395 North. Stay to the left but after the split get in the right lane. There is a right exit for Maine Avenue. At the light turn left. Stay straight on Maine Avenue - Waterfront is on the right. Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront metro/Waterside Mall/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road dead ends at the front gate of McNair. This entrance will be closed, so proceed on P Street following the brick wall to the stop sign at 2nd Street SW and turn right. Entrance to the base is approximately a block down on the right. The military police at the gate will give you directions to the Officers' Club.

Coming from Virginia (West) via I-66:
Take Independence Avenue along the Tidal Basin. Follow signs for Maine Avenue. Stay straight on Maine Avenue - Waterfront is on the right. Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront metro/Waterside Mall/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road dead ends at the front gate of McNair. This entrance will be closed, so proceed on P Street following the brick wall to the stop sign at 2nd Street SW and turn right. Entrance to the base is approximately a block down on the right. The military police at the gate will give you directions to the Officers' Club.

Coming from Maryland:
Take 95 South toward Viginia. Just before the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, take 295 toward Washington, DC. Exit at South Capitol Street. Go over the Fredrick Douglas Bridge. Get in the right lane. Make a left at the light onto M Street. (This takes you over South Capitol Street). Turn left on 4th Street (Waterfront metro/Waterside Mall/Safeway is on the right). Go through one light and then the road dead ends at the front gate of Fort McNair. This entrance will be closed, so proceed on P Street following the brick wall to the stop sign at 2nd Street SW and turn right. Entrance to the base is approximately a block down on the right. The military police at the gate will give you directions to the Officers' Club.

Coming from Northwest DC:

From Constitution Ave. going east toward the Capitol, turn right on 7th street, which brings you to Maine Ave. Turn left on Maine Ave. (The Waterfront is in front of you if you went straight). Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront metro/Waterside Mall/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road dead ends at the front gate of McNair. This entrance will be closed, so proceed on P Street following the brick wall to the stop sign at 2nd Street SW and turn right. Entrance to the base is approximately a block down on the right. The military police at the gate will give you directions to the Officers' Club.

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  • Deirdre

    I didn't realize there were other Civil War geeks out there like myself. :)) I'm looking forward to it.

    September 19, 2012

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