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Weekend Warrior Tours

Battle of New Orleans – January 8, 1815. Created/Published: c1841. Courtesy Library of Congress.

BGES is proud to offer a series of affordable programs designed for an early Friday get away and Sunday evening return. Our “Weekend Warriors” tours provide a meaningful weekend survey program of significant but often overlooked events of the Civil War. Each program is designed to give you the best experience possible on a two-day excursion. They’re shorter than our other programs but just as high in quality. All include two lectures, two days touring, admissions fees, bus transportation, two lunches, services of an expert historian, a tour leader and any other transportation needed. Registration, except for Charleston which includes a dinner cruise, is $375 for non-members or $330 for BGES members. Charleson is $450 for members and $395 for non-members. All tours are limited to one motor coach.

Crossed Sabers in Virginia: The Battles of Brandy Station and Trevilian Station. August 18-20, 2017. With Rick Britton from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Although much attention in Virginia is properly focused on infantry actions two particularly significant cavalry battles: Brandy Station in 1863 and Trevelian Station in 1864 had ramifications that showed the importance of the mounted arm to larger land operations. Historian Rick Britton will deliver two lectures on Friday evening of this Weekend Warrior program before devoting a day to the largest cavalry action on the North American continent–Brandy Station where JEB Stuart was surprised and Lee’s northern movement towards Gettysburg was nearly uncovered and a second day to a battle that denied General David Hunter mounted support for his Lynchburg/ Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Raid and opened the door for Jubal Early’s movement to Lynchburg and subsequent 1864 Valley Campaign, at Trevelian Station. For Custer students, this was a second reckless engagement that could have resulted in the total destruction of his forces. Both battlefields are preservation success stories and will be covered during an intense weekend program that will end by 4 PM on Sunday. The detailed itinerary and registration information is here: Crossed Sabers in Virginia: The Battles of Brandy Station and Trevilian Station
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A Treacherous Affront: The Continental Army Claws For Survival — (Optional Add-On to American Fabius, George Washington and the Philadelphia Campaign) August 25-27, 2017. With Len Riedel from Oaks, PA near Valley Forge Arrive early and enjoy a specially arranged Weekend Warrior program that will take you to Valley Forge to see the formation of the American army in the legendary encampment. In the afternoon, we will go to the Crossing of the Delaware and the battles of Trenton and Princeton. On Sunday, we will go to the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse and return to Philadelphia for a 3 hour walking tour of Independence Hall and the area surrounding the great debates. We will finish in time to permit you to freshen up at the hotel before we start the central program with Gary. The detailed itinerary is here: A Treacherous Affront: The Continental Army Claws For Survival
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Yankee Blitzkrieg, Wilson’s 1865 Alabama Raid. September 8-10, 2017. With Norm Dasinger from Birmingham, AL The growth of Federal power in an increasingly bloody war reached its climax with the fielding of Army Groups by the Union Commanding General, US Grant. It was a logical progression that this prowess would also extend to the mounted arm and in early 1865, Grant protégé James H. Wilson fielded a mounted force of over 13,000 men heavily armed and capable of severe fighting. In his way were the remnants of the fierce fighter Nathan Bedford Forrest. Our opening lectures on Friday night will set the stage for a fast paced visit through the Civil War and Civil Rights history of Alabama–they are intertwined and should not be overlooked especially in Selma and Montgomery. This program has perhaps more bang for the buck than any other this year. Many of these are American sites that really should be visited and understood. You will know the names and the deeds and by the end of the weekend you will have stood literally in their shadows. The detailed itinerary and registration information is here: Yankee Blitzkrieg, Wilson’s 1865 Alabama Raid
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Charleston, Heart and Soul of the Rebellion. December 1-3, 2017. 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 two hour walking tour of this picturesque and historically important post. Weather and Corps training schedule permitting the trip to the Citadel will conclude with an impressive parade complete with bagpipes, drummers and regimental band in full dress uniform–a social event in Charleston not to be missed. 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
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To register by mail, download our 2017 Weekend Warrior printable registration form.