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
Of the three “southern sisters”—Charleston, Savannah, and Wilmington—the city of Savannah is the most authentic. Its historic buildings and design, set around a series of squares, makes this a delightful walk filled with Civil War history. Find a parking place along Bay Street and begin your tour at City Hall. City Hall (2 E. Bay … Read more
Len Riedel is the tirelessly working Executive Director of the Blue and Gray Education Society. He is the architect of the BGES’ diverse programming and of considerable preservation accomplishments in the nonprofit community. As the BGES heads into its 25th year, we asked this hardworking Civil War devotee a few things about where the organization … 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
If you got here via one of our email links, please excuse the repetition — we wanted to make sure that everyone saw the lead-in words. For those of you in or near the growing city of Lynchburg, Virginia, Kenny Rowlett at Liberty University has put together a robust Civil War Round Table with an … Read more
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