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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 […]

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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, […]

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Parrott and ordnance rifle

Thanks to our members

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.

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Abraham Lincoln: President-elect
Alschuler, Samuel G., photographer
Chicago, Ill. : 1860 November 25
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Happy Fourth of July!

One of the most famous ideas in history – “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” – begins the preamble of the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. This idea informs all […]

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Sunbury News

BGES visits Sunbury, Ohio

For the past several years, members of the Rosecrans Headquarters Unit and the Big Walnut Area Historical Society in Sunbury, Ohio have been raising funds to place an equestrian bronze statue of Major General William Starke Rosecrans on the northwest quadrant of Town Square. Rosecrans was born in Kingston Township near Sunbury. Two weeks ago, […]

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Briefing at the North Carolina Statue

Why we do what we do

Some moments in life remind you with perfect clarity why you do what you do. During our most recent tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield for wounded warriors, such moments were plentiful. The day after concluding the “Hancock at Gettysburg” tour, BGES Executive Director Len Riedel and BGES volunteers were ready to repeat the experience – […]

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Ed Bearss

Join us in wishing a big Happy Birthday to Ed Bearss!

America’s premier battlefield storyteller was born on June 26, 1923, in Billings, Montana. He grew up on a ranch where he caught the Civil War bug early and – true story – named the animals after Civil War generals and battles. Like his father in World War I, Ed also served as a Marine. He […]

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