Blue and Gray Education Society’s mission is, among other things, to reveal our past for our future through facilitating the study and understanding of the American Civil War. We accomplish this by interpreting and preserving Civil War battlefields and other historically significant places and artifacts. Through the generosity of our members and other supporters, we focus on several projects annually.
We’ve highlighted some of our projects on this page and included links for additional information.
Bermuda Hundred Sign Campaign
With so many sites surrounding Richmond, history has bypassed Chesterfield County and yet the county has a rich series of preserved sites that were key in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Chesterfield County has made a commitment to fairly and fully interpret this campaign and has put into place and continues to acquire battlefield land related to it. BGES in partnership with the county is proud to announce that we have completed the fundraising and are installing over 40 interpretative markers. This project is the largest we have completed in 12 years! We completed the fundraising in the summer of 2013 and the signs are going into place. More information, including slide shows of all signs is here: Bermuda Hundred Sign Campaign.
Presidential Box Flags at Ford’s Theatre
The members of the Blue and Gray Education Society successfully funded the replica flags for the Presidential Box at Ford’s Theatre. The flags were officially dedicated July 11, 2009. More information is at: Ford’s Theatre Presidential Box flags.
Medford Historical Society Civil War Photographs
The Medford Historical Society in Medford, Massachusetts has a unique collection of 5,400 original Civil-War images prepared primarily in the expensive platinum method which produced photographs of extraordinary clarity and detail. BGES is providing software, equipment and technical expertise to preserve these photographs available. More information is at: Medford Historical Society Civil War Photographs.
Yellow Ribbon Tours
BGES is currently partnering with the Washington D.C. based charity Yellow Ribbon Fund, funding tours of Civil War battlefields for disabled vets at no charge. More information is at: Yellow Ribbon Fund Tours.
Pamplin Historical Park
BGES worked with the Friends of Pamplin Historical Park to purchasing a full-sized and operational Confederate 12 pound Napoleon for the Pamplin Historical Park to enhance their outdoor classroom environment. More information is at: Pamplin Historical Park’s Adventure Camp
High Quality Interpretive Signage
In addition, the generous support of our members has allowed us to install interpretative signage of the utmost quality that will benefit visitors of a number of battlefields for many years to come. These include: North Anna, South Mountain & Crampton’s Gap, Van Dorn’s Holly Springs Raid and Cedar Creek
If You Would Like to Help
If you would like to receive information on similar projects as they are started, please contact us. Please be sure to include your contact information, along with the type of projects you’re interested in. Be a part of revealing our past for our future!