Book Review: Congress at War

Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America, by Fergus M. Bordewich (Knopf, February 2020) I love to read and always have two or three books in progress at any given time. Eventually, one book will win out and will get all the attention until it is … Read more

A Field Report from Texas Two Step, by Len Riedel

Tour: Texas Two Step Dates: February 7–17, 2020 Tour Leader: Neil Mangum    See below for an update and photos of the successful Fort Clinch symposium in January 2020. As my field opportunities will be more limited, I get the luxury of deciding which programs I will support, and a trip to Houston and San Antonio … Read more

BGES Members Making a Difference: Charleen Bearce-Lambert 1935-2019

Charleen Lambert was a member of the Blue and Gray Education Society for more than 20 years before she passed away in early 2019 at the age of 83. I am raising her profile because she never received the accolades she deserved for all she did for the preservation community and the BGES. I met … Read more

Book Review: How the Civil War’s Barons Helped Win the War

    Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation, by Jeffry D. Wert (DaCapo Press, 2018) Every once in a while, even the most disciplined reader comes upon a break in their routine that makes sense and which brings an unexpected surprise and pleasure. Having received … Read more

Giving Thanks for Prosperity: Funding Our Facebook

December 3rd, 2019, is a special day for nonprofit organizations around the world. The annual social media day of giving was designated “GIVING TUESDAY” to harness the power of the new media to do good for the tens of thousands of charities doing their work in the shadow of diminishing resources.  Knowing that individuals fuel … Read more

A Field Report from Petersburg, by Len Riedel

Wil Greene’s “A Campaign of Giants” tour on September 25–28, 2019, did not disappoint. Populated with an intrepid group of 19 registrants, this was the BGES’s largest 2019 tour to date. After an opening overview of the Petersburg Campaign at the Hyatt Place hotel in Chester, Virginia, we started early the next morning, bringing the … Read more

BGES Announces Its 2020 Tour Schedule!

BGES’ tour schedule for 2020 has been released! Next year we have some twenty-five different tours to look forward to, as well as several new historians. Of particular interest is the long-awaited Gordon Rhea “Overland Campaign” series, in which the acclaimed historian begins a two-year, ten-day presentation of the famous 1864 Campaign between Grant and … Read more

A Heartwarming Tradition Continues for America’s Warriors

September 14, 2019, will be a special day as we renew an annual tradition. We will be having a community luncheon in Sharpsburg for the cohort of Wounded Warriors and their families that participate in our series of Wounded Warrior tours. For about eight years, the good folks of Keedysville and Sharpsburg have prepared lunch for … Read more

Just Hanging Around!

Len Riedel, BGES Executive Director

Today, BGES celebrates 25 fantastic years of fronting Civil War In that time, we’ve scoured related sites We’ve And through it all, we’ve been honored to engage with some of history’s and the military’s greatest minds. To commemorate our 25th anniversary, some of our members have been sharing their favorite BGES stories on these pages … Read more