New Year, New Program

I am proud to welcome you to the BGES Video Archives, which officially opens on January 1, 2021. As you know, we have an archive of more than 1,000 hours of video divided between lectures and field tours. We divided this project into two phases: the lectures and the field tours. The lectures span some … Read more

BGES Zoom Presentations Set Up 2021 Tour Season

If 2020 has injected anything into our discipline, it has been the explosive increase of Zoom presentations and virtual tours from organizations that normally meet in person. BGES will join in the process in less than a week and has developed a schedule through June 14, 2021. We will meet once a week initially, on … Read more

Civil War Bucket List for 2021

With an anticipated return to travel in 2021, it’s the perfect time to start planning a trip—or trips—to the Civil War’s most epic sites. Maybe you’ve seen them, maybe not, but these are the sights that always dazzle. And there’s always more to see and learn. One amazing way to visit a battlefield is with … 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

Traditional End-of-Year Appeal Helps BGES

Covid had changed all of our lives, but prior to it, BGES enjoyed its best response ever to a new tradition that has no purpose other than to balance the BGES books. BGES’s Annual Bucket Appeal is timed to help people considering their tax vulnerability and the ongoing needs of their favored charitable organizations to … Read more

Special Books Make Special  Gifts 

This is a 10-day offer only. We have no guarantees after December 16. You may purchase copies of our limited edition special leather editions of Fields of Honor, Receding Tide, and Shiloh 1862 for just $45 inclusive of priority mail shipping. Click here. You may buy copies of our special leather edition of The Civil War, A … Read more

Book Review: The Real Horse Soldiers

The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi By Timothy Smith (Savas Beatie, 2018 HB, 2020 SB), $19.95 There is perhaps no Civil War operation that is better known but which no one knows anything about than Grierson’s 1863 raid through Mississippi in April–May 1863. Made legendary by John Wayne’s popular … Read more

Vaccine Promises Return to Tours

The best news of the year is that several vaccines will soon begin circulating with widespread immunizations starting in January and February 2021. While details are in the small print, the general working belief is that the first vaccine takes 30 days to create antibodies and that a booster shot will be required. Nationally, the … Read more

Fort Branch Interpretive Signs are Completed!

Fort Branch is a nearly forgotten Civil War site near Hamilton, North Carolina. Built in 1862 by the Confederate Army, the fort served to protect a nearby railway bridge considered a weak link in the “Lifeline of the Confederacy,” and it also protected the nearby construction site of the ironclad CSS Albemarle. BGES recently completed … Read more