BGES 2020/2021 Program Schedule

COVID-19 restrictions and the still embryonic state of research on the virus make it impossible for us to conduct programs at this time with any degree of confidence that we can conduct them safely. We have adopted a rolling “Go or No Go” protocol of at least six weeks prior to each event. The details of our plan are here: BGES COVID-19 response.

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.

Spotsylvania, VA / Photo courtesy of Chuck Lee

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.


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.

Browse our list of upcoming tours on this page. Follow the links for detailed descriptions, itineraries and registration information.

Unlimber the Guns: Key Role of Artillery Leadership from Fredericksburg to Chancellorsville | September 11-13, 2020

Hazel Grove
Hazel Grove, where Hooker retreated at Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, between 1980 and 2006. Courtesy Library of Congress.

No instrument of war has a larger footprint or a more significant impact on the success of an infantry assault than the presence, use, or effectiveness of artillery. The “Long Arm” widened the engagement zone and promised instant and massive death and damage to the opposing force–effectively used assaults could be broken before they started and attacks on the verge of imminent success could be thrown back in blood, death, and confusion. Join us in studying the deployment, use, and effectiveness of artillery at Fredericksburg, Kelly’s Ford, and Chancellorsville. With Greg Mertz, from Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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A Historian’s Reflections on the First Day at Gettysburg | September 18-21, 2020

Originally scheduled for May 1-3, 2020

Confederate troops assault the barn at McPherson Ridge”, 1887.

While Gettysburg is perhaps the most storied of any Civil War battle, and while hundreds of historians have written about the battle, there’s one Gettysburg expert who stands head and shoulders above the rest–and he’s your guide for this tour. Scott Hartwig served as Supervisory Historian for the Gettysburg National Military Park for twenty years. During his career, he won the NPS’s Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation, and he was the KEY Player in the new visitor center interpretative experience. On this tour, Scott shares his unique insights into July 1, the day that the great combat was joined. You can take any tour of Gettysburg, but it isn’t often you will get a chance to take it with Scott. With Scott Hartwig, from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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Not Welcome Here: Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne Invades New York | September 22-26, 2020

Crown Point, NY. 2006. Courtesy Wikipedia.

If Gettysburg is the turning point of the Civil War, Saratoga is the same in the Revolutionary War. Facing a complicated and dangerous British invasion from Canada, the American forces fought and defeated the component parts of Gen. John Burgoyne’s mixed British and Native American forces.

Our tour will examine Burgoyne’s plans and then probe each expedition individually. We then arrive at Saratoga and the two significant actions that resulted in the surrender of the British army and the subsequent alliance of the French with the Americans. This is the decisive campaign of the American Revolution, and you should understand it. With Scott Patchan and Gary Ecelbarger, from Albany, New York.

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All’s Fair in War, Streight’s Raid & Forrest’s Bluff | October 2-4, 2020

Col. Abel D. Streight, 51st Ind. Inf. USA.

There is no disputing that Nathan Bedford Forrest is one of the most important figures in the Civil War. Long reviled for his brief association with the KKK after the war and his career as a slave trader, no event is more controversial than his alleged massacre of black soldiers at Fort Pillow. All that aside, he was a daring and usually successful cavalry officer whose ferocity on a battlefield earned him the nickname “That Devil, Forrest.”

This program through northern Alabama tracks the pursuit, interdiction, and capture of Union Gen. Abel Streight’s Union force as it trekked on mules from Eastport Mississippi toward Georgia. Controversy surrounds the purpose of the raid. Was it a poorly conceived attack against southern resources or a cleaver distraction from Grant’s master plan to take Vicksburg? With Brian Steel Wills and Norm Dasinger, from Gadsden, Alabama.

Wills is the director of Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center and Forrest’s biographer. Dasinger is an Alabama and southern historian.

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Revolutionary War 101: The Shot Heard Around the World, Boston, Lexington, and Concord | October 9-11, 2020

Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775. Courtesy New York Public Library

The American Revolution burst into full reality in April 1775 with the fighting at Lexington and Concord. In the wake of the Boston Tea Party, the British government closed the maritime port of Boston and the area around it. The ramifications were extraordinary and, with martial law in effect in the area, the movement of British soldiers on punitive expeditions enflamed a region that was fertile for rebellion. A wonderful “on the ground” introduction to the causes and events that brought on America’s revolution. With Len Riedel, from Lexington, Massachusetts.

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My Old Kentucky Home: Bourbon, Battles, and Baseball | October 16-24, 2020

The World’s Largest Baseball Bat stands outside the entrance to the Louisville Slugger Museum. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Nineteenth-century America showed Kentucky as the heartland of a growing society–indeed, both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were born there. Kentucky’s rich heritage offers an insightful look at a people divided in beliefs and loyalties but with a rich spirit of sport and adventure. This week-long trip loops through that Americana and history with a dramatic contrast ranging from the Underground Railroad to Colonel Sanders, Citation, George Patton, and Muhammed Ali. Foodies will not be disappointed, and Civil War buffs will not complain. An excellent outing filled with stories that are well summarized in Stephen Foster’s immortal song “My Old Kentucky Home.” Not to be missed. With Neil Mangum, from Newport, Kentucky.

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Stonewall Jackson’s Greatest Victory | October 18, 2020

Harpers Ferry Virginia 1865. Courtesy National Archives.

Dennis Frye was born, raised, and lived in and around Harpers Ferry, Antietam, and South Mountain. For more than fifty years, through a noteworthy career with the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry and as a founding member and president of the Association for the Preservation on Civil War Sites (APCWS), Dennis evangelized about saving battlefield land. Now retired, Dennis focuses on writing and talking about the Civil War as he has lived it.

In this Day of History, Dennis will focus on the military experiences of Stonewall Jackson primarily in and around the 1862 Maryland Campaign–spend a morning on Schoolhouse Ridge overlooking Harpers Ferry and then the afternoon with Stonewall in and around the North, East, and West Woods on the Antietam battlefield. A lot of insight into one of America’s most intriguing Civil War figures. With Dennis Frye, from Frederick, Maryland.

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The Battles of Dalton–Chapter 1 of the 1864 Georgia Campaign | Nov 4-6, 2020

Originally scheduled for April 25-26, 2020

Dug Gap
Battle of Dug Gap
Drawn May 8, 1864. Alfred R. Waud. Courtesy Library of Congress

The surrender of Atlanta is widely regarded as the event that sealed the reelection of Abraham Lincoln and ensured the ultimate victory for the Union. Composed of an intricate and interesting series of military operations and human errors, the campaign from the shadows of Chattanooga to Atlanta is best examined a bit at a time.

Historian Bob Jenkins lives the campaign and has written several seminal volumes on parts of it. Join us for the first of eight tours that will extend through 2023, which set the stage by discussing the positioning of the Confederate and Union armies and opening operations around Mill Creek Gap, Crow Valley, Dug Gap, Rocky Face Ridge, and Potato Hill. A robust two-day trip that gives this series a solid start. With Bob Jenkins, from Dalton, Georigia.

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The Battles Around Resaca – Chapter 2 of the 1864 Georgia Campaign | November 6-8, 2020

Originally scheduled for November 13-15, 2020

Battle of Resaca
Kurz & Allison, Art Publishers, 1889. Courtesy Library of Congress

Join us on the second weekend installment of Jenkins’s eight-part weekend series on the Atlanta Campaign. In this installment, General Sherman maneuvers his huge army group to slip behind Johnston’s citadel near Dalton to attack the Western and Atlantic Railroad behind the Confederate army at Resaca. The plan goes awry when the Army of Tennessee Commander, General MacPherson, fails to capitalize on his advantage. With Bob Jenkins., from Dalton, Georgia.

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Unvexed to the Sea, the Mississippi River is Reopened | November 18-21, 2020

The Battle of Baton Rouge, La. Aug. 4th 1862. Currier & Ives, 1862. Courtesy Library of Congress.

BGES completes its four-year series on the Vicksburg Campaign by showing the southern component of the campaign. Here we will start with the August 1862 battle of Baton Rouge and progress to the operations against Port Hudson. Anticlimactic with the surrender of Vicksburg, this rarely done and easily overlooked component of the campaign to control the Mississippi River was real enough for the people who fought here. With Parker Hills from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Death of an Army: The Battle of Nashville and the Long Retreat to the Tennessee River | December 4-6, 2020

Gen. John Bell Hood’s grand invasion had ground to a halt in front of Nashville. Bled by missed opportunities and a devastating assault at Franklin nearly two weeks earlier, sorties near Murfreesboro had not brought any promise of success, and now Hood’s army waited on the hills south of the Union occupied Tennessee capital city. General Grant was impatient for the final act and dispatched a relief commander to replace General Thomas. He need not have bothered. In two days of bloody fighting, the Confederate offensive was over, and the last major Rebel army in the West was rebuffed. An instructive and interesting study of one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War. With Lee White, from Franklin, Tennessee.

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A Walking Tour of the Battle of Fredericksburg | December 10-12, 2020

Ambrose Burnside was the new army commander, and he had been hired because his predecessor was not aggressive enough. After stealing a march on Robert E. Lee, he found himself positioned in front of Fredericksburg. If he crossed the river rapidly, he would be positioned between Lee and the Confederate capital of Richmond. What followed was mismanagement on a gross level, resulting in one of the American military’s most tragic episodes. Come learn what the plans were, where they went awry, and what the long- and short-term consequences were. An insightful study with one of the nation’s best leadership teachers. With Paul Severance, from Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Our 2021 Schedule

January 25-27, 2021: Atlanta, Old South, New South, with Norm Dasinger and Bill McKinnon

This program is intended as a lead into the following “March to the Sea program (January 27-31). It will focus on the major events that grew Marthaville from a relatively insignificant small southern town into the luminous symbol of progress and hope. Here you will connect with various elements of American history and literature, from the Civil War through the Civil Rights movement.

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January 27-31: “The March,” with John Derden

It is burned in the psyche of every Old South mind–SHERMAN. In late 1864, following his success in the Atlanta Campaign, General Grant’s friend and trusted subordinate proposed a march with two wide wings sweeping over 60 miles wide for more than 200 miles against the southern port city of Savannah. This tour will put you in the footpath of the infamous march as experienced by the soldiers and residents. You will learn what it was and wasn’t–legions will be addressed head on and you will determine for yourself what this was really about.

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February 17-21: The Red River Campaign in Louisiana, with Parker Hills

With the 1864 presidential election on the horizon, politics, economics, and military necessity all clashed in this expedition deep into divided Louisiana. With a fugitive state government operating in the western part of the state and the forces of the United States occupying New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and the Mississippi River, the Union commander Nathaniel Banks was determined to liberate the remainder of the state and restore it in time for the election. With cotton coming to harvest and U.S. mills starved for product, it seemed the right move–but it wasn’t.

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March 2-6, 2021: To the Bitter End, North Carolina in 1865, with Wade Sokolsky

After refitting his force, Sherman was called to bring his forces north to join the two Federal armies besieging Petersburg. Sherman agreed to march through South Carolina and North Carolina to destroy the remaining industrial infrastructure in the eastern Confederacy. This program picks up Sherman after he has moved through South Carolina from Cheraw and brings him north into North Carolina from the engagement at Monroe Crossroads through the last major battle of the war at Bentonville and the surrender of the Confederate forces at Bennett Place.

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March 24-27, 2021: The Real Horse Soldiers, Grierson’s Raid, with Timothy Smith

In the spring of 1863, a Federal cavalry force under the command of Col. Benjamin Grierson sliced through eastern Mississippi, creating chaos and consternation within this deep southern state. With Federal troops under Gen. U. S. Grant angling to cross the Mississippi River to get at Vicksburg, this ride–which has been romanticized by John Wayne and William Holden–turned the eyes of Confederate Gen. John Pemberton away from the Federal crossing near Grand Gulf and allowed Grant an uncontested operation. This is the first time Smith has presented the meticulously researched results of his study to a tour group–you’ll have great access to private land as the secrets of the diary are revealed.

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April 8-11, 2021: Shiloh, Bloody April, with Greg Mertz

No battle in American history more shocked the senses than the two days of battle on the banks of the Tennessee River near the Mississippi and Tennessee border. At Shiloh more soldiers were killed than in all the American wars to date combined. Here, the forces of two Federal commanders–U. S. Grant and William T. Sherman–were absolutely and totally surprised and nearly destroyed. The ramifications could have deprived the Union of the services of the two ultimate architects of Union victory three years later. Visit and walk the grounds of this remote and pristine battlefield and the antebellum community. Even 159 years later, the name Shiloh, which means “place of peace,” is emblematic of savage warfare!

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April 14-17, 2021: Understanding the Seven Days Campaign, with Paul Severance

The Confederacy’s most famous general, Robert E. Lee, began to earn his reputation with this brilliantly conceived but poorly executed effort to destroy the Federal army under the command of Gen. George McClellan. Following his appointment in early June 1862, Lee began to plan a way to isolate the docile Federal forces with an operation that would destroy a key element of the Federal force that was isolated north of the Chickahominy River, and then entrap the remainder between the York and James Rivers. Using maneuvering blocks of Confederate troops moving along intersecting roads leading from Richmond, Lee hoped to chop up the surprised and retreating Federals. What did Lee try to do and why did it fail? You will find out.

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April 23-25, 2021: The Atlanta Campaign on the Weekends, Chapter 3: “The Hell Hole,” with Robert Jenkins

As Grant ground his way south toward Richmond, Federal forces organized as an army group (Army of the Tennessee, Army of the Cumberland, and Army of the Ohio) in seven army corps, and a cavalry corps under William Sherman continued to thrust and parry against the Confederate Army of Tennessee under the command of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. Here Sherman attempted to get behind Johnston’s mobile defense and engaged in a series of battles north of Atlanta.

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April 30-May 2, 2021: The Pivotal Moments of Gettysburg, with Scott Hartwig

For more than 30 years National Park Service historian Scott Hartwig served as the senior historian at the Civil War’s most important and visited battlefield. Now enjoy the distilled analysis of the most controversial and important decision points at the three days of battle–themes range from the decision to fight at Gettysburg to the decision to attack the Federals’ position along Cemetery Ridge. Was this really the high watermark of the Confederacy? Hartwig’s currently scholarly interest in the 1862 Maryland Campaign makes this a “can’t-miss” opportunity.

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May 16-21, 2021: The 1864 Overland Campaign Part 1: Grant versus Lee, with Gordon Rhea

Higgerson House
Higgerson House. Courtesy of National Park Service.

For the past 30 years, one man has defined the ultimate and decisive show down between the North’s most successful general, U. S. Grant, and the South’s most beloved figure, Robert E. Lee. That man is Gordon Rhea. For two years and until Gettysburg, Lee had easily defeated every Union commander aligned against him. He was both revered and feared, and the South could not be defeated as long as Lee and his army were in the field. Rhea has completed five books that define the six weeks of near constant combat from the crossing of the Rapidan River until the crossing of the James River. This tour covers fighting at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House.

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June 2-6, 2021: Kings of the Mountain, The 1780 British Southern Campaign, with Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan

Having failed to end the American rebellion in New England, British forces turned toward a southern strategy that hoped to pacify the colonies of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Entrusting the control of British forces to its most experienced commander, Charles Cornwallis, and an enthusiastic and capable group of subordinates such as Banastre Tarleton, Lord Rawdon, and Patrick Ferguson, Tory loyalists proceeded to subdue the American countryside, resulting in some of the most severe and inhumane combat and terrorism in American history.

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June 11-13, 2021: Civil War 101: Gettysburg, with Dave Collins and Len Riedel

The Battle of Gettysburg. P.F. Rothermel 1870. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Gettysburg is a must-visit destination for every American. Both majestic and awful at the same time, the battlefield that brought us Lincoln’s new birth of freedom speech is a robust example of the drama and importance of the American Civil War. Three days of high stakes combat, inspired leadership, dramatic political implications, and heroic yet human stories at Gettysburg combine to create a great family travel opportunity and a chance to pass between generations the torch of understanding that the study of the Civil War is a study of character in the crucible of national crisis.

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June 20-29, 2021: Custer’s Trail, with Neil Mangum

George Armstrong Custer is one of America’s most compelling historical figures. Personified by actors such as Errol Flynn, the flamboyant Custer rose to fame in the Civil War but eventually became an American icon for his “Last Stand on Greasy Grass Ridge along the banks of the Little Bighorn River.” This special program follows Custer on his last ride from Fort Abraham Lincoln to the defeat at the Little Big Horn and then returns taking in some fabulous American sites such as Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Devil’s Tower, and Crazy Horse Memorial. A real “Bucket List” experience.

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July 11-15, 2021: The Retreat from Gettysburg, with Parker Hills

For nearly a month, Confederate forces had brought the war to Pennsylvania, and then for three days more than 52,000 men had been killed, wounded, or captured around the town of Gettysburg. Shattered and with ammunition exhausted, and in contact with a victorious Union army, Gen. Robert E. Lee had to extract his army, supplies, wounded, and prisoners back to Virginia. This program moves in the footsteps of Lee’s army and the adventurous but cautious Federal pursuit to the banks of the Potomac River, where high waters trapped Lee at Williamsport. Exciting, dramatic, and comprehensive.

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July 16-18, 2021: Civil War 101: The Plains of Manassas, with Rick Britton

There Stands Jackson Like a Stone Wall! The great Civil War may have started at Fort Sumter, but the great conflict was contested in the tranquil lands just to the west of Washington twice: the first time with a group of amateur and naive citizen soldiers, and the second with battle-seasoned veterans and a second generation of leaders who bought a different leadership skill set to the field. In the first battle at Manassas, we lost our innocence. At the second battle, the North lost its security as the victorious southern army flowed into western Maryland. Great fields, great tactics, and great stories. This is a great program for students and general interest travelers.

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August 17-20, 2021: The Tullahoma Campaign, with Jim Ogden

William Rosecrans and Braxton Bragg. Photo montage by Hal Jespersen.

While hard and decisive combat was being waged in Mississippi and the East, the pace of military operations in Tennessee since the titanic fight along the banks of Stones River had ground to a halt. Union Gen. William Rosecrans contemplated an operation to eject the Confederate forces from Tennessee and to secure the key Confederate rail junction at Chattanooga. Rosecrans is one of the war’s most interesting characters, and this plan did not fit President Lincoln’s view of how the war should be ended. As the Tullahoma Campaign unfolds, you will see an effort unlike any other you may see studying the Civil War. A very interesting and overlooked campaign.

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September 7-11, 2021: Sheridan Recovers the Valley, with Scott Patchan and Gary Ecelbarger

Sheridan’s army following Early up the Valley of the Shenandoah

Following Hunter’s Raid, he abandoned the Shenandoah Valley to Confederate Gen. Jubal Early, who for two months ruled the valley while probing into Maryland and Pennsylvania. The operations so scared the Lincoln Administration that they called on Grant to take dramatic action to neutralize the Confederate threat before the coming presidential election of 1864. Grant’s decision was to assign Maj. Gen. Phil Sheridan to command the district. His military options and efforts to deny the assets of the valley to Lee’s besieged army at Petersburg lasted until a month before Appomattox Court House. This program focuses on his operations in September and October 1864.

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September 17-25, 2021: The Central Plains Indian Wars, with Neil Mangum

The opportunities of free land and wealth in the west near Santa Fe, the Nebraska and Colorado territories sparked an unprecedented migration and the need to protect them from the free-ranging lifestyle of various Indian tribes. Originating out of Independence, Missouri, this program will thoroughly ground you in life on the American frontier in the 19th century both before and after the Civil War. As we move into the heartland of the Great Plains of Kansas, you will see great names in American history such as Dodge City, Fort Leavenworth, and the important string of forts manned by U.S. cavalry who would be charged with keeping the westward trails free from Indian interference. This is an important American history story told by a fabulous American storyteller.

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October 13-17, 2021: Washington’s Desperate Gambit, with Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan

By the end of 1776, the American Revolution was on its last legs. Continental Army Commander George Washington had been defeated around New York and had been run from New Jersey. With failure permeating the ranks, he escaped with a dispirited army to Pennsylvania along the banks of the Delaware River. With the British and their hired mercenaries from the German state of Hesse, the Hessians settled in for the winter and Christmas in barracks in Trenton and in Princeton. Washington conceptualized a bold and risky plan to inspirit his dissolving force: He would attack the Hessians. His efforts would reignite the revolution and inspire the Continentals into the critical year of 1777.

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November 5-7, 2021: The Atlanta Campaign on the Weekends Chapter 4: Confrontation at Kennesaw, with Robert Jenkins

Sherman had carefully marshaled his forces and maneuvered Johnston out of his mountainous fortifications, and now that the Western and Atlantic Railroad was in sight again, Sherman gambled on a reckless attack against that key communications feature and the Confederates holding the high ground. The assaults against Little Kennesaw and Big Kennesaw Mountains were worthy of a National Military Park. Scenic vistas reveal the expanse of the fields of operations, and the skyline of Atlanta from the heights of the mountains juxtapose all the chips that were on the table in this high-stakes operation. From this point on, Atlanta would be under direct assault.

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November 12-15, 2021: The Civil War in and Around New Orleans, with Len Riedel

In 1862, New Orleans was the largest city in the Confederacy, and before the Civil War it was a city of international dimensions. Wharves teemed with activity around cotton bales, and bankers from every major developed country in the world had a presence, with many nations having envoys and consulates in the town. How was it then that this city fell so quickly and was indeed allowed to fall in April of 1862? Once occupied, how did the Union military governors interface with the citizens and city leadership? This is a fascinating look New Orleans as a key component of a growing nation and the means of protection that evolved over the years.

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November 16-20, 2021: Fortress Vicksburg, with Timothy Smith

Abraham Lincoln had declared that “Vicksburg is the key.” Noting that this formidable position situated on a hairpin turn of the Mississippi River closed essential access to the liberated and critical port of New Orleans, Lincoln knew that the landlocked northwestern states were economically dependent upon the river to survive, and he demanded that Union military operations be oriented toward achieving that end. Vicksburg was the primary obstacle in early 1863. This program focuses on the Union efforts to take Vicksburg once they arrived in front of the imposing earthworks. This physically rigorous program will climb the hills and descend into the ravines that made Vicksburg so imposing.

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December 3-5, 2021: Wizards of the Saddle, with Lee White

Operations around Chattanooga and in middle Tennessee depended in large measure on supply lines, and there was no greater threat to the operational security of maneuvering or encamped armies than the operations of cavalrymen–the intelligence and interdiction missions of men like Joseph Minty, Joe Wheeler, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and others all affected commanders’ decisions.

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Our 2022 Schedule as it Develops

Grant Moves South: A Star Ascends in the West | To be rescheduled for July, 2022

Battle of Belmont, Missouri, on the Mississippi River, opposite Columbus, Kentucky. Fought November, 1861. originally published in Frank Leslie’s Pictorial History of the American Civil War. Courtesy Library of Congress.

General Grant is the man who won the Civil War, yet he had a hard time establishing his credentials. This road trip follows Grant in his early Civil War exploits, from his nearly disastrous start at Belmont, Missouri; through Kentucky, Forts Henry and Donelson; his shelving, resurrection, and near ruin at Shiloh; through the siege of Corinth, Iuka, the battle of Corinth, and Davis Bridge. This fast-paced but insightful program helps you understand how Grant was positioned to tackle the greater challenges that would arise at Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and, ultimately, in Virginia as General in Chief. A lotta bang for your bucks! With Tim Smith, from Memphis, Tennessee.

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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.