BGES Members Making A Difference: Bob Jenkins

Bob Jenkins is a whirlwind of activity. As Len Riedel says, “Bob is a ball of fire.” He’s a practicing attorney who has played a role in the Whitfield County and the City of Dalton’s battlefield preservation efforts. At a time when statues were being torn down, he carefully negotiated between the folks who wanted … Read more

BGES Members Making a Difference: Lee White

Lee White serves as a park ranger at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, where he gives tours and offers other programs. He’s written several books, including The Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864, as well as articles and essays, and he has spoken to many groups, including roundtables and historical societies. He also … Read more

BGES Members Making a Difference: Paul Severance

This month we honor Paul Severance, a retired senior instructor for the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for the construction of staff rides that challenged and instructed cabinet-level and other senior civilian and military leadership, and is now instructing on leadership for both the College of William and … Read more

BGES Members Making A Difference: Brian Mattingly

This month’s BGES Member Making a Difference features Brian Mattingly, who is also a member of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (SVBF). Brian has commissioned artist Keith Rocco to depict a lesser-known aspect of the Battle of New Market, which features the VMI cadets manning two artillery pieces. A limited-edition canvas of the painting will be … 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

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

BGES Members Making a Difference: Fergus Bordewich

  What do a roustabout in Alaska’s Arctic oilfields, a deckhand on a Norwegian freighter, and a New York City cabbie have in common? Besides the need for hazard pay, all were jobs held at one time or another by BGES member Fergus Bordewich during a lifetime defined by a hunger to experience the human … Read more

Members Making a Difference: Greg Mertz

Upon completing a phone interview with BGES member Greg Mertz, you are immediately struck by two thoughts. First, despite an illustrious career in the National Parks system, including more than two decades as the Supervisory Historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park (FRSP), Mertz might have missed his calling. His rich, distinctive voice and … Read more

BGES Members Making a Difference: Dan Rush

“Oh, the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home.” That enduring lyric holds particular meaning for BGES member Dan Rush. His family roots reach deep into the fertile soil of the Bluegrass State, quite literally. His ancestors settled in Kentucky in the 1700s and farmed the land from the time they arrived. As an … Read more