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Acclaimed Civil War historian book-signing Wednesday

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Edwin C. Bearss, widely considered one of the nation’s top Civil War historians, will visit Fredericksburg on Wednesday afternoon and sign copies of his latest work.

Bearss just published “Receding Tide,” a history of the Vicksburg campaign that—along with the Union’s simultaneous victory at Gettysburg—turned the tide of the Civil War.

The Union  capture of Vicksburg, which had been thought impregnable, catapulted Ulysses S. Grant to fame and command of the entire Union Army.

Bearrs’ book-signing is scheduled from  2 to 4 p.m. at the  Civil War Life Museum, 829  Caroline St.

The  former chief historian of the National Park Service regularly leads Civil War tours for the Smithsonian Associates, including many in Virginia and the Washington area.

His previous book, “Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War,” has been a popular title for National Geographic Books.

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