Tour Talk: Unvexed to the Sea: The Mississippi Is Reopened, with Brig. Gen. Parker Hills

Parker Hills is an expert when it comes to military strategy. The Mississippi native and graduate of the U.S. Army War College served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as brigadier general in 2001. He owns Battle Focus, a leadership training company that trains soldiers, airmen, and Marines, as well as corporate … Read more

Sunny Days Ahead! BGES 2022 Schedule Released

Even as 2021 winds down, we look optimistically at the 2022 Schedule of Field University Tours, which will start in early January. IF YOU WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THEM, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL AT bgesexecutivedirector@yahoo.com with your name, snail mail address (for confirmation) and a listing of the programs you would like to … Read more

Field Report: Civil War on the Ohio

A field report from Diane Hartmann:   A friend asked me what I liked about BGES’s “Civil War on the Ohio” tour. I was honestly able to reply, “Everything.” Darryl Smith gave an outstanding presentation, not only of information related to the Civil War but of the importance of Cincinnati to the nation. He brought … Read more

Field Report 2: Lee’s Retreat from Gettysburg

A field report from Sandy Horton:   Just finished up the “Lee’s Retreat from Gettysburg” tour with BGES and enjoyed it immensely. Eight of us were guided by Parker Hills along the two avenues of Lee’s retreat from Pennsylvania, through Maryland, and into the safety of Virginia on this five-day excursion. Contributing to its success … Read more

Field Report 1: A Historian’s Reflection on the First Day of Gettysburg

A field report from Joe Knapp:   The Blue and Gray Education Society sponsored “A Historian’s Reflection on the First Day of Gettysburg” on July 9-11, 2021. What a great experience, especially with all the unexpected problems that occurred. Fortunately, Len Riedel and Scott Hartwig managed to overcome and provided a first-class experience. We had … Read more

Trip Report: Shiloh

  by Doug Smock On Wednesday, May 12, I escaped my 15-month pandemic-imposed confinement in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and arrived in Tennessee for an introductory evening talk by Greg Mertz, a recently retired National Park Service historian. He distributed three-ring binders full of battle information, including maps, mostly made by Civil War cartographer Hal Jespersen, who … Read more

Paul Magid’s Fascinating Three-Book Fixation on Gen. George Crook

As any good writer knows, you’re never really sure what you’re getting into when starting a new project … until you’re ready to submit it. Even then, there are always more surprises awaiting you, and the final product often looks different from how you originally envisioned it. Paul Magid learned this lesson first-hand when he … Read more

What are the Insurance Implications if You Get Covid on a BGES Tour?

As we head into spring with the hope that sooner rather than later, we’ll be back in the BGES bus exploring the battlefields, we must consider the legal and insurance guidance that is being applied to Covid. We were curious what our liability would be if we resumed programs using vans or buses or if … Read more

An Insider’s Look at Fort Blakeley, with Mike Bunn

Fort Blakeley, in Spanish Fort, Alabama, may not be as famous as Shiloh or Gettysburg, but it remains one of the Civil War’s best preserved battlefields with important stories to tell. “Rarely do stories of national importance happen entirely ‘somewhere else,’” says Mike Bunn, director of operations of the 2,000-acre site. “By learning the specifics … Read more

10 Minutes with the Executive Director

2020 was a challenging year for everyone across the board, but for an organization like BGES, which relies heavily on in-person tours, the hit was especially hard. Barbara Noe Kennedy of the BGES Blog caught up with BGES Executive Director Len Riedel to discuss what’s in store for the organization after this tough year. Some … Read more