Len’s Book Review: The Road to Appomattox

The Road to Appomattox By Bell Irvin Wiley (Memphis State College Press, 1956) A legend in the Civil War historical community, Bell Wiley was noted for his two seminal studies of the common soldiers of the Confederacy and Union: The Life of Johnny Reb was published in 1943 in the midst of World War 2, and The … Read more

BGES Members Making A Difference: Bill Davies

When it comes to history, Bill Davies has lived a life of it. Through the years, the South Carolinian native and former attorney has delved into general military history, European history, as well as Asian and colonial African history—though he is most profoundly interested in South Carolina history, especially as it relates to the Revolutionary … Read more

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

BGES Returns to Publishing World: Revolutionary War Guidebook Approved for 2022

When the BGES completed The Civil War, A Traveler’s Guide with the National Geographic Society in 2016, it marked the fourth successful full-length book project to go along with 19 scholarly monographs as part of the body of BGES’s published intellectual works. We immediately opened discussions with Nat Geo for a fifth book, on the … Read more

2021 Kettle Appeal Enters a New Dimension

And suddenly it is 2022. As BGES winds down its 28th year of operations (in April 2022), we have seen a stunning reversal of fortunes, with membership growing and members digging a little deeper to show their appreciation for all that BGES does for education and preservation and to ensure we have the resources to … Read more

Video Archives Takes Short Pause

A year-long, $35,000 effort is winding down for 2021 just a little short of the finish line, but nonetheless robust in its achievements. Working with Lincoln Archives founder and Documents on Wheels proprietor, Karen Needles, we have converted raw video never intended for this end to digital files and brought them to the BGES website. … Read more

Len’s Book Review: Storm Over the Land, A Profile of the Civil War

Storm Over the Land: A Profile of the Civil War By Carl Sandburg (Mariner Books, 2000; originally published 1939) In our current assault on American history, it is often useful to reflect back on how war was treated in our past. Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and historian Carl Sandburg presents us with one such prism with … Read more

Members Making a Difference: Gary Ecelbarger

Gary Ecelbarger

As one of the country’s foremost authorities on the 1862 Valley Campaign, Gary Ecelbarger has carved out an impressive niche among Civil War scholars. But it wasn’t until the BGES member entered graduate school at the University of Wisconsin that he envisioned any future for himself as a historian. Science had always been a much … Read more

Tour Talk: “Discover Alabama: A Frontier History to Star Wars,” with Mike Bunn and Norm Dasinger, Jr.

For Alabama natives Mike Bunn and Norm Dasinger, hosting a BGES tour on their home turf is a thrill that never gets old. Both men are experts on the Yellowhammer State, and nothing brings them more pleasure than sharing their knowledge with a rapt audience of history lovers. The fact that the longtime friends are … 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