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GA-Hood’s Other Battles for Atlanta: Peach Tree Creek & Ezra Church - Thursday through Saturday, March 30 to April 1, based in Marietta GA. A two-day tour (on Friday & Saturday) of two Atlanta Campaign battles with an orientation dinner on Thursday evening. Led by Robert D. Jenkins and Norman Dasinger, Jr. Registration: $325.00. 800-298-1861, www.cwea.net/programs/1703-hood’s-other-battles-atlanta-peach-tree-creek-and-ezra-church


SC-70th Annual Prince George Plantation & Town House Tours - Friday & Saturday, March 31 & April 1, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm daily, 300 Broad Street, Georgetown SC. Visitors are able to tour many privately-owned colonial and antebellum homes and plantations. A different group of homes on tour each day. Visitors are also invited to the Winyah Indigo Society Hall for tea each afternoon from 3:30 until 5:30 pm. Home baked goods, original framed art from local artists, books and our award winning cookbook, Plantation Tours and Tastes, will be available for sale. Admission: $45.00 per day or $80 for both days. 843-545-8291, www.princegeorgeplantationtours.com/


AL-52nd Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage - Friday through Sunday, March 31 through April 2, Eufaula AL.  Beautiful homes, built when “cotton was king,” will be open to visitors during this nostalgic return to the Old South. Grand antebellum and Victorian mansions built by 19th-century planters and merchants still house precious symbols of a bygone era.  Most of the homes are private residences, open only during the Pilgrimage.  As you stroll from Greek Revival cottages to Italianate showplaces your path will be lined with colorful azaleas and dogwoods, beautifully landscaped gardens and manicured parkways.  Southern belles in hoops and bustles will grace the area and greet you warmly as you pass.  An open-air art exhibit, gardens, afternoon teas, candlelight tours, musical entertainment and more complement the Pilgrimage experience.  Admission charged to tour homes. 334-687-3793, www.eufaulapilgrimage.com/


AL-Park Day - Saturday, April 1, at Civil War sites throughout Alabama. Annual volunteer work day sponsored by the Civil War Trust. This is a hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail building. Contact the following (or other) Civil War era sites in Alabama for specific information about Park Day at their location:

---Fort Gaines Historic Site, Dauphin Island, 251-861-6992, www.dauphinisland.org/

---Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Gulf Shores, 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/

---Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Orrville, 334-872-8058, www.cahawba.com/

---Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Home, Hillsboro, 256-637-8513, www.wheelerplantation.org/

---Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, McCalla, 205-477-5711, www.tannehill.org/


GA-Park Day - Saturday, April 1, at Civil War sites throughout Georgia. Annual volunteer work day sponsored by the Civil War Trust. This is a hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail building. Contact the following (or other) Civil War era sites in Georgia for specific information about Park Day at their location:

---Andersonville National Historic Site, Andersonville, 229-924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm

---Blue & Gray Museum, Fitzgerald, 229-426-5069, bgmuseum@mchsi.com

---Cave Spring Cemetery, Cave Spring, 706-266-9445, strollinjim@gmail.com

---Chickamauga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe, 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch/index.htm

---Dalton Confederate Cemetery, Dalton, 706-278-3925, msowder@dalton.net

---Evergreen Cemetery, Fitzgerald, 229-426-5069, bgmuseum@mchsi.com

---Fort McAllister State Historic Park, Richmond Hill, 912-727-2339, www.gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister

---Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah, 912-786-5787, fopu_information@nps.gov

---Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site, Irwinville, 229-831-2335, jeffdavis1@windstream.net

---Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Kennesaw, 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo

---Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, 706-936-9485, bwterry2575@aol.com

---Nash Farm Battlefield Park, Hampton, 770-412-1646, littlelady1861@inbox.com

---Historic Prater’s Mill, Varnell, 706-694-6455, elaine@pratersmill.org

---Resaca Confederate Cemetery, Resaca, 706-602-1864, www.resacabattlefield.org


SC-Park Day - Saturday, April 1, at Civil War sites throughout South Carolina. Annual volunteer work day sponsored by the Civil War Trust. This is a hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail building. Contact the following (or other) Civil War site(s) in South Carolina for specific information about Park Day at their location:

---Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, Ehrhardt, 803-267-3675, www.southcarolinaparks.com/riversbridge/


AL-Reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley - Saturday, April 1, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Historic Blakeley State Park, 34745 Alabama Hwy. 225, Spanish Fort AL. To commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Blakeley we have planned an event-filled day of exciting tours, informative educational programming and lively demonstrations. This will be one of the largest reenactments of Alabama’s largest Civil War battle held in several years. It will feature reenactments of the intense skirmishing which took place along the lines at Blakeley during the week-long siege of the fort in April of 1865 and the last grand charge of the Civil War which resulted in its capture will highlight the day’s events. Also included will be guided tours of the park’s battlefield, weapons demonstrations and a special exhibit of artifacts associated with the fighting at Blakeley. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $5.00. 251-626-0798, http://blakeleypark.com/


SC-Battle of Honey Hill - Saturday, April 1, 9:00 AM, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Dr. Steven Wise will speak on the Battle of Honey Hill. FREE admission. 803-267-3675, rbridgesp@scprt.com


AL-Old Cahawba’s Civil War Walking Tour - Saturday, April 1, 10:00 to 11:00 am, Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville (near Selma) AL. In the waning days of the Civil War flooding pushed the waters of the Cahaba and Alabama rivers over the banks and across the town of Cahawba leaving over three thousand Union army prisoners standing for days in knee deep water. Finally released from captivity, many made their way to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and boarded the ill-fated riverboat Sultana only to perish on their way home in the worst maritime disaster in U.S. History. This walking tour will visit Castle Morgan, the POW camp at Old Cahawba and explore the plight of these unfortunate soldiers as well as the hardships of the town's Confederate residents who suffered while their husbands, fathers and sons were off to war, many never to return. Admission: $8.00. 334-872-8058, cahawba@bellsouth.net


GA-Blacksmithing Day - Saturday, April 1, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, William Harris Homestead, 3636 GA Hwy. 11, Monroe GA. During the 19th century the blacksmith played a vital role in his community and was generally accorded his due respect. Come enjoy demonstrations of this almost lost skill required for making or repairing items of iron or steel. We'll also be baking bread while friends play toe-tapping old-timey tunes with their dulcimers, plus hayrides, craft demonstrations, free doughnuts (while they last) and more! Admission: Adults & Children (ages 6 & over): $6.00, Seniors (over age 60) $5.00. www.harrishomestead.com


GA-Washington-Wilkes Spring Tour of Homes - Saturday, April 1, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Register at First Baptist Church, 105 West Robert Toombs Avenue, Washington (Wilkes County) GA. Visit antebellum homes, churches and historic sites, Tiffany windows at Mary Willis Library, the Robert Toombs’ House, Washington-Wilkes Museum and Washington’s timeless square filled with music and artisans. Tour tickets: $30.00/person, available at First Baptist Church, includes shuttle service to homes, museums and churches. 706-678-2013, www.wwtourofhomes.com


GA-16th Annual National Confederate Memorial Service - Saturday, April 1, 1:00 pm, In front of the Carving Reflection Pool, Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Stone Mountain GA. Annual service to memorialize all those who served the Confederacy. Program includes a speaker and firing salute. FREE admission; tell employee at entrance gate you are attending the memorial service. 706-678-7720, odian@denardandmooreinc.com


GA-Advancing Too Far: The Struggle for Brock Field and Vicinity - Saturday, April 1, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The public is invited to attend a special hike and tour of Chickamauga Battlefield covering some of the battle’s second day, September 19, 1863. This tour begins in the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center lobby and will car caravan to Brock Field for the hike. Participants on this program will learn about the fighting that erupted on the farm of John Brock, which ended in a series of flanking movements by both sides that played out throughout the morning of September 19. One Tennessean later remembered, “We were engaged in an awful fight the enemy disputing every inch of the ground” as both sides surged back and forth trampling the surrounding cornfields into dust and leaving hundreds of dead and wounded scattered throughout the field and the surrounding forest. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the conditions. Water is also recommended. FREE admission. 706- 866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


SC-Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art - April 2 through 29, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia SC. The Civil War redefined the nation on multiple levels, including forever changing American art. Instead of the early 19th century scenes of untouched natural beauty, artists began recording the new technologies and realities of warfare. Xanthus Smith was a Philadelphia-based landscape artist of growing reputation when he enlisted in the Union Navy. Stationed in Port Royal, South Carolina, he used his talents to produce dozens of drawings and paintings of the ships that were a part of the Atlantic fleet. Of equal importance, however, are his sketches of camp life amidst the natural setting of the South Carolina coast. This special exhibit features 47 of his stunning paintings and sketches, along with his paint palette and artists box. It reveals the talents of this artist who spent his entire Civil War service in South Carolina, and examines how he turned those experiences into a successful career as a painter of war time naval battles. This exhibit runs from February 24th through August 26th, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, plus the first Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed most state holidays. Admission: Adults $6.00, Military & Seniors (ages 62+) $5.00, Youth (ages 10 to 17) $3.00. Everyone admitted for $1.00 on first Sunday afternoons. 803-737-8095, www.crr.sc.gov/


SC-The Slave Dwelling Project - Thursday, April 6, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Friends of Florence County Library, 509 South Dargan Street, Florence SC. For the past 7 years the trio of Prinny Anderson, Terry James and Joseph McGill have amassed over 200 overnight sleepovers in slave dwellings in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Their purpose is to bring much needed attention to these often neglected dwellings. Their presentation lecture will chronicle these stays and the purpose for them. FREE admission. 843-662-8424


GA-“Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War” - Thursday, April 6, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Ed Bonekemper will speak during the monthly meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. Admission: $5.00; first-time guests are free. cobbcivilwarrt@gmail.com, www.cobbcwrt.org/


SC-13th Annual Battle of Charleston Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, April 7 through 9, Legare Farms, 2620 Hanscombe Point Road, Johns Island SC. Living military timeline featuring Pirates, Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean Conflict and Vietnam living history and skirmishes on a 300 acre working family farm since 1725. Living history educational program for schoolchildren on Friday. Reenactment for the general public on Saturday & Sunday. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children Ages 5-12 $5.00. Directions from Charleston: Take U.S. Hwy. 17 south across the Ashley River bridge. Take the left fork onto Hwy 700 (Folly Road). Cross Wappoo Cut bridge onto James Island, then turn right onto Maybank Highway. Turn left at the 1st light after crossing onto Johns Island (not the light located on the bridge) onto River Road. Go 5 miles, watching for the Fipps Garage on the right. Turn left at the next dirt road (Jenkins Farm Road), then follow signs to Legare Farms. 843-559-0788, www.battleofchas.com


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, April 8, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park GA. Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club is a volunteer organization designed to assist with trail maintenance at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Trained crew leaders lead teams of volunteers on trail work projects throughout the park. Trail building experience is not necessary. Meet at the parking lot on Old Highway 41. The Park provides all necessary tools and safety equipment. 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


AL-Spring Garrison Living History Day - Saturday, April 8, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Living historians portray garrison life at Fort Morgan during the Civil War. Artillery and infantry demonstrations will occur throughout the day. Admission: Adults $7.00, College Students & Seniors $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00, Active Military & Veterans are free with military ID. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-Bivouac 2017 - Saturday, April 8, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Piedmont Hotel and Museum, 827 Maple Street, Gainesville GA. A community-wide event centered at the hotel once owned by former Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet. Activities include a Civil War reenactment, tours of the historic hotel, lunch and music, and a self-guided driving tour of historic Gainesville. FREE admission. 770-539-9005, www.longstreet.org


GA-Historic Doll Wedding and High Tea - Saturday, April 8, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Old Governor’s Mansion, 120 South Clarke Street, Milledgeville GA. A historical reenactment of the famous doll wedding by Mary Virginia Brown, daughter of Georgia’s Civil War Governor Joseph E. Brown. Included will be a tea with authentic recipes, Maypole dance and tours of the historic Governor’s Mansion. Reservations required: Adults $20.00, Students/Children $15.00. 478-445-4545, www.gcsu.edu/mansion


GA-“Grass Men” - Wednesday through Saturday, April 12 through 15, 7:00 pm, Goodloe Auditorium, Dalton State College, 650 College Drive, Dalton GA. “Grass Men,” a tale centering around the “Battle Above the Clouds” in the Civil War, is the subject of Dalton State College’s spring play, a piece of historical fiction penned by local playwright Dr. Lorena Sins. The play follows 22-year-old Sandy Gilmer, and his friend, Rafe Hannibal, who travel to Lookout Mountain in 1924 trying to answer a mystery that is half a century old. He’s searching for answers about the disappearance of his great-uncle, Will Carine, a young private in the Union Army during the Chattanooga Campaign. Performances each evening at 7:00 pm. Tickets: $7.00. 706-272-4436, www.daltonstate.edu/about/news.cms/2017/177/dalton-state-presents-local--original-civil-war-play


GA-National Junior Ranger Day at Andersonville - Saturday, April 15, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Andersonville National Historic Site, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville GA. Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day with a series of special activities for children ages six and up. Junior Rangers can learn how to properly fold the American flag, get creative with art projects, dress up as a Park Ranger, complete our award-winning Junior Ranger book and more! A special ranger-guided tour will be offered at 10:00 am. All children who participate in Junior Ranger Day will receive a special certificate. Directions: Ten miles south of Oglethorpe and ten miles northeast of Americus on GA Hwy. 49. FREE admission. 229-924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande/  


GA-National Junior Ranger Day at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, April 15, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Chickamauga National Military Park encourages families to visit the park between April 15 and April 23 as part of National Park Week. Kids of all ages are invited to come learn how to “explore, learn, and protect” your national park on April 15 and become an official Junior Ranger! With such a variety of ranger-led activities there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy. All participants will receive Junior Ranger badges or patches upon completion of the program. The program is designed for kids aged 8 to 12 years old but is available to anyone young at heart! Junior Ranger Activity Booklets may be obtained at any of the park's visitor center. Junior Ranger Day activities include: At 2:00 pm, potential Junior Rangers at Chickamauga Battlefield will have an opportunity to have their very own park ranger assist them complete the park’s Junior Ranger Booklet. Please inquire at the Visitor Center about this program. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Griffin Confederate Memorial Day - Saturday, April 15, 10:00 am, Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Griffin GA. The purpose of this observance is to honor the men who are buried here. Keynote speaker is Curtis Harris Collier III, from Athens, GA. FREE admission. 770-412-1646, barrowscv@inbox.com


GA-Great Locomotive Chase - Saturday, April 15, 2:00 pm, Kennesaw Depot, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw GA. Jonathan Scott, Curator at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, will speak about the events surrounding the “Great Locomotive Chase” (a.k.a. “Andrew's Raid”) of April 1862. FREE admission. www.kennesawhistoricalsociety.org


SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island SC.  The National Park Service offers FREE admission to ALL parks, monuments and historic sites (whether or not connected to the Civil War) that normally charge an admission fee on the following dates during the remainder of 2017:

---April 15 & 16 - First Weekend of National Park Week

---August 25 - National Park Service’s Birthday

---September 30 - National Public Lands Day

---November 11 - Veterans Day

These FREE admission days include Fort Moultrie National Monument near Charleston. Admission to Fort Sumter National Monument is always free although there is charge for the private ferry service to/from the fort. 843-883-3123, \www.nps.gov/fosu


GA-Free Admission Days at Fort Pulaski - Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. Hwy. 80 East, Savannah GA.  The National Park Service offers FREE admission to ALL parks, monuments and historic sites (whether or not connected to the Civil War) that normally charge an admission fee on the following dates during the remainder of 2017:

---April 15 & 16 - First Weekend of National Park Week

---August 25 - National Park Service’s Birthday

---September 30 - National Public Lands Day

---November 11 - Veterans Day

These FREE admission days include Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah. Admission to Chickamauga National Military Park, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Andersonville National Historic Site is always free. 912-786-5787, \www.nps.gov/fopu/index.htm


GA-Easter Sunrise Service at Big Buckhead Church - Sunday, April 16, 6:30 am, Big Buckhead Church, 1345 Big Buckhead Church Road, near Millen GA. Annual Easter sunrise service at historic Big Buckhead Church, the site of fierce cavalry action during Sherman’s March to the Sea. FREE admission. Directions: I-16 to Exit #104, north on GA Hwy. 23 to U.S. Hwy. 25 near Millen. Turn left, proceeding north through town about one mile beyond airport to Big Buckhead Church Road. Turn left, church is about three miles on the right. 478-982-5595, www.jenkinscountyga.com/


AL-Easter Sunrise Service at Fort Gaines - Sunday, April 16, 6:30 am, Fort Gaines, 51 Bienvile Bouldvard, Dauphin Island AL. The service will be on the Great Lawn within the walls of Fort Gaines. FREE admission will be given to guests from 6:00 to 7:00 am. Bring your own chairs and/or blanket. 251-861-6992, http://dauphinisland.org/


GA-Leading From the Front - Monday, April 17, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Vince Dooley, former University of Georgia Head Football Coach & Athletic Director, and a current member of the Board of Trustees for Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails®, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table on the topic of "Leading From the Front." Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


GA-Olde Effingham Day Festival - Saturday, April 22, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Effingham Museum and Living History Site, 1002 Pine Street, Springfield GA. Displays from pre-historic to 1960 including Native American, Civil War, veterans and the old jail with infirmary and cells. Twelve buildings dating from 1790 to 1950, furnished houses, barn, blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, Blandford depot, demonstrations of old crafts and handwork. Antique dolls and beautiful handmade quilts displayed in the Herman and Ruth Gnann Home. Plant and book sale. Vendors with crafts, food, bake sale, tractors, cars, lots of music, children’s activities and more! 912-754-2170, www.historiceffinghamsociety.org


GA-Atlanta Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 22, 11:00 am, Westview Cemetery, 1680 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta GA. Service to be held at the cemetery’s Confederate Knoll. Guest speaker is Colonel John Brinsfield. FREE admission. www.allfordixie.org


GA-Augusta Confederate Memorial Day Commemoration - Saturday, April 22, downtown Augusta GA. Parade leaving at 11:00 am from the Confederate Veterans Monument in the 700 block of Broad Street, arriving at the Confederate veterans section of Magnolia Cemetery (702 3rd Street) where a memorial service will begin at approximately 11:45 am. Included will be a black powder salute, cannon firing and honor guard. Mrs. Betty Jean Miller of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be the featured speaker. FREE admission. http://eporteralexander.homestead.com/


GA-Cartersville Confederate Memorial Day Observance - Saturday, April 22, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Stiles Auditorium, 320 West Cherokee Avenue, Cartersville GA. You are invited to attend this Confederate Memorial Day Observance, with guest speaker Robert Jones. A noted author and historian, Jones served as President of the Kennesaw Historical Society for 21 years and has written more than 40 books on various historical subjects. Two Crosses of Military Service will be awarded to veterans serving in the Vietnam War. Light refreshments will be served after the program, followed by the placing of a wreath at the Confederate Monument. FREE admission. 770-224-8656


GA-McDonough Confederate Memorial Day Observance - Saturday, April 22, 2:00 pm, McDonough City Square, downtown McDonough GA. You are invited to Henry County’s annual Confederate Memorial Day Observance. The keynote speaker will be Sons of Confederate Veterans Georgia Division Commander Scott Gilbert. FREE admission. 770-296-5139, zachrycamp108@gmail.com


AL-Memorial Service for Prisoners of War - Saturday, April 22, 2:00 pm, Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville (near Selma) AL. You are invited to this special memorial commemoration. The service will be held on the site of a Civil War prison where captured Federal soldiers were held. Reenactors will read actual letters written from the prison. Women in period dress will lay a wreath upon the grave of an unknown soldier and a hymn from that era will be sung. Salutes will be fired and retired Master Sergeant Jesse Sanchez will play "Taps." Directions: From downtown Selma take AL Hwy. 22 (Dallas Avenue) west 8.6 miles. Cross the Cahaba River and turn left onto County Road 9 then follow 3.3 miles until it dead ends. Turn left onto County Road 2 and follow 1.5 miles until you see the Visitor Center on the right. FREE admission. 334-872-8058, CahawbaBruce@bellsouth.net


GA-This Terrible Sound”: A Sensory Tour of Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, April 22, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The public is invited to attend a special car caravan tour of Chickamauga Battlefield exploring the battle’s sensory history. This tour will visit several locations within the battlefield exploring what participants of the battle heard, touched, smelled, tasted, and saw in 1863. One soldier described the sound of the battle as “this terrible sound” while another compared it to the “roar of a thousand Niagaras.” Others smelled the burning forests and fields, tasted bitter black powder, and felt the fall of branches, seeing things that would haunt them for the remainder of their lives. Meet at the Visitor Center. Please remember to dress appropriately for weather conditions and to bring a bottle of water. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


SC-Firing on Fort Sumter: “The Opening Ball” - Saturday, April 22, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, American Legion Hall, Duncan Park, Spartanburg SC. You are invited to our 11th annual Victorian ball featuring period dancing to traditional live music of the Blue Ridge Rounders and a seated, catered dinner. Practiced dance masters will instruct guests in the mystery of 19th century etiquette and the mastery of the Victorian ballroom. Period military or civilian attire is welcomed. This family event is appropriate for reenactors, historians, dance enthusiasts, lovers of old-time music and anyone who enjoys a good party. Tickets (sold in advance only): Adults $25.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $10.00. 864-599-1947, www.sumterball.com/


GA-Resaca Confederate Memorial Day Service - Sunday, April 23, 2:00 pm, Resaca Confederate Cemetery, Resaca GA. An observance of Confederate Memorial Day will be held at the Resaca Confederate Cemetery, approximately seven miles north of Calhoun on U.S. Highway 41. Turn east on Confederate Cemetery Road. Writer/Historian Ken Herron will be the keynote speaker. Music will be provided by the Company G, 28th Georgia Fife & Drum Corps and Laney House. FREE admission. In the event of bad weather this event will be held at Oakleigh, 335 South Wall Street in downtown Calhoun, the home of the Gordon County Historical Society.706-629-1515, http://exploregordoncounty.com/list/history/oakleigh-gordon-historical-society


GA-Waynesboro Confederate Memorial Service - Sunday, April 23, 3:00 pm, Waynesboro Confederate Memorial Cemetery, West 6th Street @ Jones Avenue, Waynesboro GA. You are invited to the annual Confederate Memorial Day service to honor Burke County’s Confederate soldiers. Featured speaker is David Hollingsworth. FREE admission. tdlively@hotmail.com


AL-Confederate Memorial Day - Monday, April 24, 10:00 am, Alabama State Capitol grounds, Montgomery AL. Cannon firing, rifle salute, music by Fiddlin' in the Parlor, keynote speaker Pastor John Weaver, ancestor honor roll call and more. You may announce the name of one Confederate soldier, his company and/or regiment during the roll call/bell ringing. FREE admission. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aludc/


GA-Waycross Confederate Memorial Day Celebration - Monday, April 24, 6:00 pm, Confederate Monument, Phoenix Park, Waycross GA. Memorial Day program with Bill Bowers speaking on the 27th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. FREE admission. 404-456-3393, timfpilgrim@yahoo.com


GA-Georgia Military Institute in the Civil War - Monday, April 24, 7:30 pm, Second Baptist Church of New Hope, Dallas-Acworth Highway @ Bobo Road, Dallas GA. You are invited to hear historian Michael Shaffer speak on the “Georgia Military Institute in the Civil War.” FREE admission. www.hardeecamp1397scv.org


GA-Civil War Medicine - Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 am, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Learn about some tonics and remedies to heal ailments during the Civil War. We will be using an period correct doctors pack and showing examples. Admission: $5.00 parking. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


AL-Confederate Park Civil War Military & Civilian Life Living History - Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29, Confederate Memorial Park, 437 County Road 63, Marbury AL. Friday’s activities include a living history of the War Between the States for both schools and the public. Saturday features living history plus a Civil War skirmish. The state of the art museum interprets Alabama’s role in the war as well as Alabama’s only home for Confederate veterans. FREE admission to the grounds and a self-guided tour of the Soldiers’ Home site. Admission charged to the museum. Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 205-755-1990, http://preserveala.org/confederatepark


GA-Junior Ranger Day at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Join us for our annual Junior Ranger Day. The day’s activities will put you in the place of a Civil War Soldier and take you through enlistment, infantry and artillery training, flag signaling and creation, and end at the medic’s tent! Programming is ideally suited for grades 1st through 5th. FREE admission, but preregistration is required. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Hills of Iron & Iron Pour - Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE,
Acworth GA. We will be celebrating the area's rich history with guided tours and educational programs, plus our famous Iron Pour. Scratch blocks on sale at 2:00 pm. First come, first serve. Limit one per person. Pour starts at 6:00 pm. Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-975-0055, http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


GA-Brunswick Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 29, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, Newcastle Street and Hanover Park, Brunswick GA. A procession down Newcastle Street from G Street begins at 10:30 am. Meet at Hanover Park, site of Brunswick’s Confederate Monument, for the service beginning at 11:00 am. FREE admission. 912-571-8657


GA-Artillery Programs at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, April 29, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, Brotherton Cabin,  Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Artillery programs will be conducted at the Brotherton Cabin (Tour Stop 4), in Chickamauga Battlefield, at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm with each program lasting approximately 30 minutes. The Brotherton Cabin is located along LaFayette Road, at the intersection of Brotherton Road and Dyer Road. Please follow the “Special Event” signs to the parking area. The fields and woods around the Brotherton farm are most often associated with the Confederate breakthrough on September 20, 1863. However, it was the scene of vicious and chaotic fighting the day before and near the area where Union forces overran Carnes’ Tennessee Battery. Join us for a special artillery demonstration and program on these Tennesseans and their actions in the woods near the Brotherton farm. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Blairsville Confederate Memorial Day Observance - Saturday, April 29, 11:00 am, Union County War Memorial, Blairsville GA.  The public is invited to the annual service to remember Union County’s citizen soldiers. FREE admission. 706-745-5243, http://camp1633.scv.org/  


GA-Long and Bloody Task & All the Fighting They Want – Saturday, April 29, 2:00 pm, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Detailing the Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw to the Chattahoochee River, from May 5 to July 18, 1864, Dr. Stephen Davis will discuss the Spring of 1864 and how it brought a whole new war to the Western Theater, with new commanders and what would become a new style of warfare. Federal armies, perched in Chattanooga TN after their stunning victory there the previous fall, prepared to invade Georgia. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Marietta Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 29, 3:00 pm, Marietta Confederate Cemetery,

395 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. You are invited to the annual Marietta Confederate Cemetery Confederate Memorial Day Service at the cemetery’s gazebo. FREE admission. 770-427-4662, henrylamonsmith@bellsouth.net


GA-Bainbridge Confederate Memorial Day - Saturday, April 29, 7:00 pm, Willis Park, downtown Bainbridge GA. Bainbridge’s annual Confederate Memorial Day program will be held at Willis Park, on the square in Bainbridge. FREE admission. 404-456-3393, timfpilgrim@yahoo.com


SC-Out of the Ashes: Rebirth of a Nation - Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, Fort Moultrie National Monument, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island SC. Living history demonstrators in period dress will portray life at Fort Moultrie in the years immediately after the American Civil War through living history programs, musket and cannon drills and flag raising ceremonies. As families rebuilt their lives, and as the country integrated four million freed African Americans, United States’ soldiers rebuilt coastal forts for continued use in defending the coastline from foreign invasion. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Admission: Adults $3.00, Seniors $1.00, includes the visitor center with museum exhibits and an orientation film. 843-883-3123, www.nps.gov/fosu/learn/historyculture/fort_moultrie.htm


SC-10th Annual Cross Keys Living History Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, 163 Old Buncombe Road, Union SC. On April 30, 1865 Jefferson Davis visited the Cross Keys House on his flight from Northern troops. The Living History Event is a re-enactment of Davis's visit at the Cross Keys House. Directions: I-26 to Exit #44, east approx. 8 miles on SC Hwy. 49 to Cross Keys. FREE admission; donations are appreciated. 864-429-5081, http://unioncountymuseum.com/


GA-Cheatham Hill Guided History Walks - Sunday, April 30, 11:00 am & 1:00 pm, Cheatham Hill Battlefield Area, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Kennesaw GA. Historian Phillip Whiteman or Stuart Berkowitz will lead guided history walks on the historic battle at Cheatham Hill. Each walk lasts approximately one hour. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-The Importance of Preserving Battlefields - Sunday, April 30, 11:30 am, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. This Ranger led program discusses the importance of preserving historic battlefields and the preservation efforts taken by the National Park Service. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-153rd Kingston Confederate Memorial Day Service - Sunday, April 30, 2:00 pm, Kingston Museum Complex, 15 East Main Street, Kingston GA. Please join members of the Kingston Woman’s History Club for the 153rd Confederate Memorial Day Service. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Kingston Baptist Church. Children and grandchildren are welcomed and encouraged to decorate graves. A Memorial Day Tea will occur immediately following the Cemetery Service at the Kingston Museum, Martha Mulinix Annex. FREE admission. 770-382-1747


GA-Appling County Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony - Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm, Holmesville, 6 miles south of Baxley on Georgia Highway 15, Appling County GA. The public is invited to the annual Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony at the Holmesville monument site, six miles south of Baxley on Georgia Highway 15 in Appling County. FREE admission. info@applinggrays.org


GA-Athens Confederate Memorial Day Service - Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm, Oconee Hill Cemetery, 297 Cemetery Street, Athens GA. The public is cordially invited to the annual Athens Confederate Memorial Day Service. There are over 400 Confederate veterans resting in Oconee Hill Cemetery. Bob Collins will present “Sacrifice.” http://scvathenscamp.org


GA-Hephzibah Confederate Memorial Day - Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm, Hephzibah Cemetery, Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah GA. The public is invited to the Hephzibah observance ceremony for Confederate Memorial Day, with rilfe and cannon firings. FREE admission. 706-872-8063