Charleston, South Carolina, the cradle of the rebellion, was the site of another fabulous Blue and Gray Education Society tour over the weekend of December 13–15, 2019. Led by retired Park Ranger Rick Hatcher, the tour offered the group a taste of the vast cultural treasure of Civil War Charleston. We began on Friday night … Read more
Gary Wilson has joined many BGES tours over the years, and his discipline in tour participation has been consistent and interesting. Armed with a book of maps, he moves meticulously through the tour, orienting himself to the field and placing the combatants in relation to each other. We asked him to share his insights into … Read more
Tour: Maryland Campaign Part 3, The Battle of Antietam Dates: October 25-27, 2019 Tour Leaders: Dr. Tom Clemens and Scott Hartwig Reported By: John Bonansinga Having missed the first two parts of this series due to family obligations, I was determined not to miss the finale of the series. I’ve been to Antietam … Read more
The largest Confederate state east of the Mississippi, Georgia reigned during the Civil War as the crossroads of the South. Thanks to Gone With the Wind and other popular references, Sherman’s March to the Sea is a familiar event, but the deep-seeded military, social, political, and economic aspects of the war in Georgia—as important as they are—may not be so well known. There are few better experts on the topic than historian Stephen Wise, who leads the upcoming BGES tour, “Sherman’s Infamous March to the Sea and a Tour of Confederate Georgia,” beginning on January 17, 2019. We caught up with Stephen and posed some questions about himself and the upcoming tour.
“Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!” may be one of the Civil War’s most famous battle cries, but there’s much more to the story of the Mobile Campaign of 1864–1865. Defiant Mobile remained elusive to General Grant, and he wanted it. Finally, the time had come. Historian Mike Bunn, who leads the upcoming tour, “The Mobile Campaign 1864-1865,” beginning on February 7, 2019, is one of the leading experts on the topic. We caught up with Mike and posed some questions about himself, the Mobile Campaign, and his tour.
January kicks off BGES’s 26th year, with thirty-six tours offered –more than any year before! We caught up with Len Riedel, BGES’ busy Executive Director, to touch base as he launches the new season. BGES Blog: There are 36 tours slated for 2019—the most ever. Wow! What’s different this year? Len: Recently a longstanding tour … Read more
Originally from Maryland, Aaron Palmer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy as a Field Artillery Officer in 2008. He was wounded in action the following year when serving as the Fire Support Officer in Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. The following 2.5 years he spent recovering at Walter Reed National Military … Read more
We just got the Brunswick Civil War Roundtable meeting schedule for January – June 2014. Located in Southport, NC 28461, the BCWRT has six meetings scheduled over the next 6 months. Each features an interesting speaker. Next up is The Battle of Antietam, with Ed Bearrs. See the complete schedule here: Brunswick Civil War Round … Read more