January kicks off BGES’s 26th year, with thirty-six tours offered –more than any year before! We caught up with Len Riedel, BGES’ busy Executive Director, to touch base as he launches the new season. BGES Blog: There are 36 tours slated for 2019—the most ever. Wow! What’s different this year? Len: Recently a longstanding tour […]
Originally from Maryland, Aaron Palmer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy as a Field Artillery Officer in 2008. He was wounded in action the following year when serving as the Fire Support Officer in Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. The following 2.5 years he spent recovering at Walter Reed National Military […]
Of the three “southern sisters”—Charleston, Savannah, and Wilmington—the city of Savannah is the most authentic. Its historic buildings and design, set around a series of squares, makes this a delightful walk filled with Civil War history. Find a parking place along Bay Street and begin your tour at City Hall. City Hall (2 E. Bay […]
Len Riedel is the tirelessly working Executive Director of the Blue and Gray Education Society. He is the architect of the BGES’ diverse programming and of considerable preservation accomplishments in the nonprofit community. As the BGES heads into its 25th year, we asked this hardworking Civil War devotee a few things about where the organization […]
We just got the Brunswick Civil War Roundtable meeting schedule for January – June 2014. Located in Southport, NC 28461, the BCWRT has six meetings scheduled over the next 6 months. Each features an interesting speaker. Next up is The Battle of Antietam, with Ed Bearrs. See the complete schedule here: Brunswick Civil War Round […]
If you got here via one of our email links, please excuse the repetition — we wanted to make sure that everyone saw the lead-in words. For those of you in or near the growing city of Lynchburg, Virginia, Kenny Rowlett at Liberty University has put together a robust Civil War Round Table with an […]
We had a beautiful day for our Yellow Ribbon Tour on April the 14th. Here’s a few photos shared with us by Nancy Mendonca. (Click on any photo to start a slideshow.
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 […]
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, […]
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.