Saturday, October 3, 2009

Civil war historian honored

A bust was to be unveiled Saturday to honor Edwin C. Bearss, a national historian who contributed to the restoration of the USS Cairo, a Civil War-era Union gunboat now preserved at the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Bearss, who served as chief historian of the National Park Service, is in Vicksburg leading a weeklong History America Tour to sites important in the Vicksburg Campaign.

The tour started in Memphis, Tenn., and follows the route taken by Union forces in capturing the Vicksburg in 1862 and 1863, according to the Associated Press.

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