KINGSPORT — The Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable meeting on Nov. 12 will feature author Ed Bearss, who will speak on “Farthest Forward: Pickett and Pettigrew at Gettysburg”.

The meeting will be held at Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, at 400 S. Wilcox Drive, in Kingsport, at 7 p.m.

The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Bearss, 95, is a former U.S. Marine who became a member of the Corps Raiders in 1942. The Raiders were an elite group that was hand-picked from serving members of the regular Marine Corps — all volunteers, unmarried and in superb physical condition.

Their training was rigorous and hand-to-hand combat drills, long distance swimming, running, self-sufficiency and rifle and pistol marksmanship skills were heavily emphasized. Forced marches were the norm, rather than the exception, and the men were constantly pushed to the limits of human endurance.

Bearss today is recognized as being one of America’s top Civil War historians.

He is Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, and was earlier this year presented with the American Battlefield Trust’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, for his many decades dedicated to researching and relating the nation’s past to millions of people, as well as his advocacy for battlefield preservation.

Bearss was also one of the stars of Ken Burns’ award-winning PBS TV series “The Civil War,” which introduced generations to the compelling subject of the nation’s deadliest conflict. Thousands more people have enjoyed the historian’s unique tours of historic sites associated with the Civil War; the American Revolution; World War I and World War II in Europe; Abraham Lincoln’s assassination; and the American West, delivered at a brisk pace and in his distinctive baritone voice.

Prior to every program, members of the group and the public join in a Dutch-treat dinner at The Chop House, located at 1704 N. Eastman Road, in Kingsport at 5 p.m. Reservations are required by calling or emailing Wayne Strong at or 423-323-2306.