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

A Field Report from Charleston, by Laurence Schiller

Charleston, South Carolina, the cradle of the rebellion, was the site of another fabulous Blue and Gray Education Society tour over the weekend of December 13–15, 2019. Led by retired Park Ranger Rick Hatcher, the tour offered the group a taste of the vast cultural treasure of Civil War Charleston. We began on Friday night … Read more

A Field Report from Antietam, by John Bonansinga

  Tour: Maryland Campaign Part 3, The Battle of Antietam Dates: October 25-27, 2019 Tour Leaders: Dr. Tom Clemens and Scott Hartwig Reported By: John Bonansinga   Having missed the first two parts of this series due to family obligations, I was determined not to miss the finale of the series. I’ve been to Antietam … 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

A Field Report from St. Louis and Southeast Missouri

Between July 10 and 13, 2019, Felix Losco joined six intrepid BGES travelers, Len, and the resident expert, Kyle Sinisi, on BGES’ “An Uncivil War: St. Louis and Southeast Missouri: 1858–1865” tour, which extended from St. Louis to Cape Girardeau. Here is his field report. Day One We met at a convenient hotel near Lambert … Read more

A Test of Loyalties Field Report

Most of the time, BGES Executive Director Len Riedel is tirelessly working to plan and execute BGES’ large and diverse organization and programs. This time, he took the back seat—literally—on a recent Field University program—A Test of Loyalties: East Tennessee Raids, Railroads, and Rebellion, which took place July 24–27, 2019, with military historian Jim Ogden … Read more