BGES Announces Its 2020 Tour Schedule!

BGES’ tour schedule for 2020 has been released! Next year we have some twenty-five different tours to look forward to, as well as several new historians. Of particular interest is the long-awaited Gordon Rhea “Overland Campaign” series, in which the acclaimed historian begins a two-year, ten-day presentation of the famous 1864 Campaign between Grant and … Read more

A Heartwarming Tradition Continues for America’s Warriors

September 14, 2019, will be a special day as we renew an annual tradition. We will be having a community luncheon in Sharpsburg for the cohort of Wounded Warriors and their families that participate in our series of Wounded Warrior tours. For about eight years, the good folks of Keedysville and Sharpsburg have prepared lunch for … Read more

Just Hanging Around!

Len Riedel, BGES Executive Director

Today, BGES celebrates 25 fantastic years of fronting Civil War In that time, we’ve scoured related sites We’ve And through it all, we’ve been honored to engage with some of history’s and the military’s greatest minds. To commemorate our 25th anniversary, some of our members have been sharing their favorite BGES stories on these pages … Read more

Yellow Ribbon Tour

Yellow Ribbon Tour

We had a beautiful day for our Yellow Ribbon Tour on April the 14th. Here’s a few photos shared with us by Nancy Mendonca. (Click on any photo to start a slideshow.

McChrystal Book a Civil War Jewel

Just finished General Stan McChrystal’s book “My Share of the Task.”  It is truly in the literary fashion of Grant’s Memoirs; but, provides great insight into both the wars he commanded in or led by using examples from the Civil War and other great history classics to give context and interpretation. If you haven’t read the … Read more

Helping General Rosecrans Ride Again

About two years ago, BGES member Joe Heiberger told me of an interesting organization he was volunteering with. It had restored a 19th century coaching inn – a stagecoach-era hotel for man and beast – and was now involved in commissioning and erecting an equestrian statue of its hometown general, William Starke Rosecrans. Sunbury, Ohio, … Read more

Thanks to our members

Parrott and ordnance rifle

In this season of giving thanks, we’re grateful for our members!

BGES may be a small organization, but our members’ generous support allows us to go beyond our battlefield tours and make even more of a difference in preserving America’s rich heritage.

BGES’s April 15 Wounded Warrior tour of Gettysburg

Wounded Warrior tour at Little Round Top

Call forth the mighty warriors! BGES’s April 15 tour of Gettysburg was unforgettable for those of us privileged to host wounded warriors undergoing treatment at Bethesda Naval Hospital and their family members. We’re proud that members’ donations completely fund such events. No one makes a penny and all money we receive goes to cover the … Read more

Campaign and Battle of Lynchburg, Virginia

[box]by Charles M. Blackford Warwick House Publishing, Lynchburg, Reprint 1994 Reviewed by Len Riedel, Executive Director, BGES Danville, Virginia January 25, 2012[/box] Charles M. Blackford was a distinguished citizen of Lynchburg who served in the Army of Northern Virginia; however, he did not participate in the battle or campaign of Lynchburg. A highly regarded speaker … Read more