Ed Bearss

Bearss

Ashley Whitehead-Luskey worked hours to prepare a historical tour of the Cold Harbor Battlefield in Richmond Va., so when she saw another tour bus pull up less than 100 yards from her own, she fought the urge to groan.

History is best told to a captive audience, one willing to be whisked away to be entrenched in another time for a short spell. Distractions can soil the ambiance.

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