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Bert Dunkerley

Guest historian Bert Dunkerley of Richmond National Battlefield interprets the shortfalls of Johnston’s ill fated Seven Pines attack.

BGES conducts its Civil War Field University by design for small groups usually traveling in vans to facilitate maximum access where buses cannot go.  By keeping the groups small, BGES provides a stimulating and invigoratingly personal experience available from no other organizations offering Civil War Tours. Net proceeds underwrite charitable and educational activities of the organization. The reputation of BGES has caused it to be sought nationally and internationally for educational and leadership training,  attracting some of the nation’s most respected historians and scholars both as members and teachers.

Upcoming Civil War Tours

Limited time? Want to spend a great weekend out? Look at the BGES Signature Series of Weekend Warrior programs — start at 6 PM on Friday and end by 3:45 PM Sunday — high content, great tour leaders and budget conscious!

November 2-5, 2017. Hood’s 1864 Tennessee Campaign in four parts, Part 1, The Prelude

With Keith Bohannon and Lee White from Rome, GA

Jefferson Davis believed the war could be won in 1864. Decisive and aggressive offensives into Tennessee and Kentucky could reverse the losses of 1863 and redeem the disaster at Missionary Ridge. The President discussed his expectations in detail and confidence with a recovering major general who knew the turf. John Bell Hood was but 32; however as a legitimate war hero he was to be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant General and given command of one of Joe Johnston’s corps. Johnston and Davis had a history and the president was soon disappointed with the general’s failure to take the offensive and when Johnston had been pushed back to the gates of Atlanta he was replaced by the aggressive Hood. Hood lost Atlanta, as it appeared he had to, but from Palmetto, Georgia he reorganized his battered army and with the concurrence of the president, whom he met with in September, engaged in operations that would force Sherman to fight for his supply line and possibly give up all he had gained in the spring and summer to defend Tennessee. This program with two superb historians will take Hood’s army from Palmetto along the Western and Atlantic Railroad to the banks of the Tennessee River in a dramatic month of maneuver that definitely caught Sherman’s attention. This program will end with Hood awaiting supplies as he prepares to enter Tennessee. This is a real jewel of a program, and a great 4 year series, for westerners or people who want to understand the great west and its impact on the war. The detailed itinerary and registration information is here: Hood’s 1864 Tennessee Campaign in four parts, Part 1, The Prelude.

December 1-3, 2017. Charleston, Heart and Soul of the Rebellion

A BGES Weekend Warrior Program

With Richard Hatcher and Kyle Sinisi from Charleston, SC

This program concludes the season and is one of our favorite destinations. The program which officially starts with a dinner cruise on Charleston Harbor will have a real bang up lead in with a 2 PM meeting at the Citadel with Kyle and a 90 minute tour on John’s Island of the unknown and never visited Battle at Bloody Bridge/Burden’s Causeway. This July 6-9, 1864 fight prevented Union troops from crossing to James Island in a coordinated assault to take Charleston. The ground is largely pristine. Following the dinner cruise, Saturday will commence with a walking tour of historic Charleston followed by a tour of critical sites like Fort Johnson and Secessionville on James Island. Sunday will be a tour de force with visits to Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and the Lash Conservation Lab to see the Hunley. The program closes with a visit to the sacred grounds of Magnolia Cemetery. Here are buried heroes and scions of South Carolina Society. Charleston is one of our favorite cities and this tour will help make it one of yours as well. A great wrap to a great season. The detailed itinerary and registration information is here: Charleston, Heart and Soul of the Rebellion.

BGES 2018 Schedule

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Feb 20-24, 2018, Grant Crosses the Mississippi: Part 3 of Our Signature Vicksburg Campaign Study, with Parker Hills from Vicksburg, MS.

March 7-11, 2018, The Confederacy’s Strategic Coast: The War in Eastern North Carolina 1861-1865, with Steve Wise from Washington, NC.

March 21-25, 2018, The Atlanta Campaign Part 3: Crossing the Chattahoochee Followed By Nine Bloody Days of Battle, July 9-28, 1864, with Gary Ecelbarger and Robert Jenkins from Atlanta, GA.

April 6-8, 2018, The BGES at 25, featuring the Bermuda Hundred Campaign and our 43 Interpretative Signs with multiple historians and events from Chester, Virginia.

April 16-28, 2018, America Enters World War II, from Honolulu including Pearl Harbor, Guam, Saipan, Manila, Bataan and Corregidor with Len Riedel and Duncan Anderson.

May 14-17, 2018, On to Petersburg June 4-15, 1864, Gordon Rhea’s first tour associated with his new book from Richmond International Airport.

May 30-June 3, 2018, The War in Western Virginia 1861-1863, A Campaign of Firsts, with Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan from Bridgeport, WV. [/bges_pgm_contact_us]The War in Western Virginia 1861-1863[/bges_pgm_contact_us]

June 15-17, 2018, My Perspectives on Gettysburg Day 2, with Scott Hartwig from Gettysburg, PA.

July 8-16, 2018, The Pony Express from St. Joseph to Sacramento, with Neil Mangum from Kansas City, MO.

August 1-4, 2018, Longstreet’s Command Audition, with Norm Dasinger from Dalton, GA with an overnight in Knoxville.

August 19-21, 2018, Stoneman’s 1865 NC Raid, with Len Riedel from Winston Salem, North Carolina.

August 22-25, 2018, The Over the Mountain Men, (Revolutionary War) from Charlotte, NC.

September 5-9, 2018, The Second Manassas Campaign, with Scott Patchan from Warrenton, VA.

September 18-22, 2018, Grant Surprises Pemberton, Inland from Port Gibson through Battle of Jackson, with Parker Hills from Vicksburg, MS.

October 10-13, 2018, A Detailed Walking Tour of the Battle of Perryville, with Jim Ogden from Shaker Village, KY.

October 14-28, 2018, The Doughboys, One Hundred Years Later, with Jim White, US Army Retired and Gloria Swift from London, England.

November 1-11, 2018, Virginia 400, A Deep Probe into Historic Virginia, with Neil Mangum and Len Riedel from Norfolk, VA.

November 15-17, 2018, Hood’s Tennessee Campaign Part 2–Bloody Franklin, with Eric Jacobson and staff from Franklin, TN.

November 29-December 1, 2018, The 1862 Maryland Campaign Part 2, Special Orders 191 and Harpers Ferry, with Tom Clemens.