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Spotslyvania, VA / Photo courtesy of Chuck Lee

 

TOURS

BGES conducts its flagship “Civil War Field University” by design for small groups usually traveling in vans to facilitate maximum access where buses cannot go. By keeping the groups small—usually between 8 and 20 people—BGES provides a stimulating and invigoratingly personal experience available from no other organizations offering Civil War tours. As a nonprofit, net proceeds underwrite charitable and educational activities of the organization. The reputation of BGES has caused it to be sought nationally and internationally for educational and leadership training, attracting some of the nation’s most respected historians and scholars both as members and teachers.

  • American Indian Wars Field University Programs
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  • Americana Field University Programs
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  • BGES Weekend Warrior Programs
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  • Civil War Field University Programs
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  • Critical Civil War Campaign Studies
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  • Leadership Training and Military Staff Rides
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  • Private Tours
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  • Revolutionary War Field University and Weekend Warrior Programs
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  • Twentieth-Century Wars
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American Indian Wars Field University Programs

Display the military heritage of the United States and are essential programs to an understanding of the expansion of the United States and the challenges the new republic faced. Post Civil War tours are particularly interesting in that many of the soldiers of the Civil War find themselves in positions of authority in the Indian Wars. Offerings include a range from King Philip’s War in the 1600s through the Great Plains Wars ending in the 1880s. Most tours are five to eight days in length.

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Americana Field University Programs

Offered to connect clients with the wide-ranging heritage of America. These tours include trips on the great American trail system such as the Santa Fe and Pony Express, or the timeless Route 66, and heritage sites in states like Virginia, Texas, and regions such as the great Southwest. These are usually bus tours of eight to 12 days in length.

 

 

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BGES Weekend Warrior Programs

Condensed but robust programs that typically start on Friday evening with one or two lectures and then spend two full days on-site, finishing on Sunday around 4 PM.

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Civil War Field University Programs

The BGES offers a wide variety of themes and sites covering the range of the Civil War. “Field University” programs are proposed by the historian who suggests what is required to fully explore the theme of the tour. The length can range from three days and an evening to a week or more. BGES’ long-range programming allows clients to plan two and three years in advance.

 

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Critical Civil War Campaign Studies

Satisfy’s the client’s need to understand an operation in the full detail in which it unfolds. Major campaigns are presented over three or four years. For example, the Vicksburg Campaign is eight tours—two a year involving 33 days and covering the span of operations from the summer of 1862 through the surrender of Port Hudson. The Atlanta Campaign is four parts and 17 days over four years. Each program supports the other but also stands alone.

 

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Leadership Training and Military Staff Rides

Meet the needs of individuals, corporations, and military or national and international agencies. These highly specific programs are offered on demand and by contract using the military’s nine principles of war; leadership is leadership (when civilians are trained the principled are tailored to civilian needs). Some historians offer BGES “Field University” programs in the staff ride format. Organizations who have been trained include but are not limited to active and reserve military units of the Air Force, Marine Corps and Army, the British Army, national intelligence agencies, members of the US Secret Service, military colleges or ROTC units, and for-profit corporations. If you or your organization is interested in such a program, please contact BGES.

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Private Tours

Can be arranged to meet the needs of discriminating travelers. Since the contracting party bears all the expense for the tour, this option can be very expensive. Daily rates start at $800 with transportation, meals, and lodging being additional. They do, however, have the advantage of delivering personal interaction with subject matter experts in directions that the client directs.

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Revolutionary War Field University and Weekend Warrior Programs

Revolutionary War Field University and Weekend Warrior Programs appeal to the broader interests of BGES’ clients. Interesting parallels are drawn between the first American Revolution and the Second War of Independence. Many participants in the Civil War had deep roots in the early history of the republic, and these programs connect with historians of all eras. Programs range from weekend offerings to multiday tours.

 

 

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Twentieth-Century Wars

Presented because of the distant overlap with the Civil War. Students of the Civil War often were catapulted into positions of leadership in the two wars. With Civil War veterans still living during the first World War and grandsons commanding armies in the second, names such as Patton, Buckner, and Forrest all found fame in Europe and the Pacific. Eisenhower and Churchill both loved the study of the war, with Ike living on and using the Gettysburg battlefield to host men like Churchill in America.

 

 

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Inclusions

BGES trips offer a range of amenities that vary by the type of tour and the accessibility of resources. Field maps are often designed and used, reading books are usually featured, and suggested reading lists help interested persons prepare for the study to follow. Included meals are listed for each program. Lodging is usually not included unless the tour includes overnight stays away from the headquarters hotel.

Refund and Cancellations

BGES is an educational organization. All registrations are open-ended and may be refunded if circumstances require the client to cancel. The general policy is a 100% refund for cancellations made before the event. Penalties are not usually assessed unless nonrefundable vendor costs are incurred. All refunds are determined and approved by the Executive Director of the BGES.