Project Intel: Update on Fort Branch Interpretive Signs, with Doug Cumins

“Saving Our Civil War History” has become a new BGES tagline, and we are always keeping our eyes out for ways to proactively restore historical interpretations. One project that we currently are excited about concerns a nearly forgotten Civil War site near Hamilton, North Carolina—Fort Branch—which was in need of new interpretive signs. We last … Read more

New Project Intel: Grand Gulf Interpretive Marker Restoration

The 55-year-old cast aluminum markers at Grand Gulf State Park describing the famous battle there were decrepit. Several had been so heavily damaged through the years that they had been tossed aside in a scrap pile. Enter, BGES. When BGES members attended the “Grant Crosses the Mississippi” Third Installment in February 2018, several participants, including … Read more

New Project Intel: Conspirator’s Courtroom at Fort McNair

It may look like any other mid-19th-century courtroom, but this third-floor room in Fort Lesley J. McNair’s Grant Hall, in Washington, D.C., is like no other. For it was here, between May and July 1865, that eight co-conspirators in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination–including a woman–were tried and convicted, and four were sentenced to death by hanging. … Read more