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GA-Avenue of Flags at Andersonville - March 30 through April 11, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, Andersonville National Cemetery, GA Hwy. 49, Andersonville GA. The Avenue of Flags is a display of American flags arrayed on both sides of the principal avenue that leads from the main entrance into Andersonville National Cemetery. The Avenue of Flags reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags. It is arrayed five times each year for several days around various national holidays and events. FREE admission. 229-924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm


GA-Easter Sunrise Service at Big Buckhead Church - Sunday, April 1, 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. Big Buckhead Church and its Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker # L26 (“Battle of Buck Head Creek”) are located on the “Left Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html. FREE admission. 478-982-5595, www.jenkinscountyga.com/


AL-Easter Sunrise Service at Fort Gaines - Sunday, April 1, 6:30 am, Fort Gaines, 51 Bienvile Boulevard, 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/


AL-Fort Morgan Guided Tours - Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26, 10:00 to 11:00 am, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 110 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. Admission to the fort: Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org


GA-Fighting Joe Hooker - Thursday, April 5, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Ethan Rafuse 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/


AL-53rd Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage - Friday through Sunday, April 6 through 8, 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/


GA-Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation - April 6, 13 & 20, 6:30 to 8:00 pm each evening, Hofwyl-Broadfield State Historic Site, 5556 U.S. Hwy. 17 North, Brunswick GA. Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, explore the slave cabins and out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low Country rice fields. Admission: $15.00. 912-264-7333, http://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation


AL-Park Day - Saturday, April 7, 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:

---Belle Mont Mansion, Tuscumbia, 256-381-5052, www.bellemontmansion.org/

---Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park, Brierfield, 205-665-1856, brierfield@att.net

---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 7, 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:

---A. H. Stephens State Park, Crawfordville, 706-456-2602, curtis.glass@dnr.ga.gov

---Allatoona Pass Battlefield, Acworth, 770-975-0055, http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain

---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

---Magnolia Springs State Park (Camp Lawton), Millen, 478-982-1660, http://gastateparks.org/MagnoliaSprings

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

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

---Pickett’s Mill State Historic Site, 770-443-7850, jrNASH@ATT.NET

---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 7, 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/


GA-Spring Fling at Hamburg State Park - Saturday, April 7, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Hamburg State Park, 6071 Hamburg State Park Road, Warthen GA. Browse the local arts and crafts booths, enjoy the eats from food vendors and enjoy live entertainment during our annual Spring Fling! You can watch the historic gristmill in operation and take an old-fashioned hayride! Hamburg State Park is located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-jefferson-davis.html. Admission: $5.00 parking (plus hayrides $1.00 to $2.00 each). 478-552-2393, http://gastateparks.org/Hamburg


AL-Civil War Walking Tour of Old Cahawba - Saturday, April 7, 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 their 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-Living History - Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Florence Marina State Park, 218 Florence Road, Omaha GA. Join us for a day of living history. Discover what it was like living in rural southwest Georgia in the 19th century while you learn skills such as basket weaving, candle dripping and more. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 229-838-4706, http://gastateparks.org/FlorenceMarina


GA-17th Annual National Confederate Memorial Service - Saturday, April 7, 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. 404-372-3420, odian@denardandmooreinc.com


AL-Pond Spring Cemetery Preservation Workshop - Saturday, April 7, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Home, 12280 AL Hwy. 20, Hillsboro AL. The workshop will provide basic information and skills for people who are interested in preserving historic gravestones and cemetery monuments. Gravestone cleaning will also be discussed and demonstrated on site at Pond Spring’s cemeteries. The workshop will also share history of the African-Americans, both enslaved and free, who worked on the property during the 19th and 20th centuries. Joseph Wheeler was a Confederate General during the Civil War, a U.S. Congressman and a U.S. General during the Spanish-American War. Wheeler became a national symbol for national reunification and reconciliation. His 1870s home is the center point of the 50-acre historic site. The collection contains around 10,000 objects, furnishings, clothing and papers associated with the family. FREE admission; pre-registration required. 334-230-2644, http://bit.ly/2rW9MdQ


GA-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, April 7, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Indian Springs State Park, 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla GA. Learn about the history of Indian Springs and how much this area has changed over the years. Take a tour of the park’s museum, sample the spring water and spend the day at Indian Springs State Park. A portion of General Sherman’s army camped overnight at Indian Springs during their March to the Sea: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf. Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-504-2277, http://gastateparks.org/IndianSprings


GA-Soldier Saturday - Saturdays, April 7 & 28, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. The fort's plantation house will be open and ready to be explored. A park ranger and a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to spinning wool. Brace yourself as two time-tested weapons face off! The atlatl or the Civil War musket, who will win? Fort McAllister is located at the termination of the “Right Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html. Admission: $5.00 to $9.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Civil War Music Program - Sunday, April 8, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park GA. Music during the Civil War served many functions. Not only did it help to organize and rally, but also went a long way to boost morale among the soldiers. Join musician and living historian K.D. Sellers as she demonstrates this using the fife. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo


AL-Civil War Navies - Thursday, April 12, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. Kent Wright will speak on the topic “How an Irregular Navy Shaped the Entire War” during the monthly meeting of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table. FREE admission. Come at 5:30 to partake of the chicken buffet/salad bar offered by the Elks for $8.95. 256-425-7298, www.tvcwrt.org


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, April 14, 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. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


GA-Cartersville Confederate Memorial Day Observance - Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, Olin Tatum Agricultural Building’s Stiles Auditorium, 320 West Cherokee Avenue, Cartersville GA. You are invited to attend this Confederate Memorial Day Observance, with guest speaker historian Michael Shaffer. Light refreshments will be served after the program, followed by the placing of a wreath at the Confederate Monument. Cartersville is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 770-224-8656


GA-Cabin Life at Pickett’s Mill - Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Join civilian reenactors at our original 164-year-old log cabin. We will be tilling the garden, cooking over a fire, and portraying daily life of the mid-19th century, plus period games for kids. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. Admission: Adults $5.50, Seniors (ages 62+) $3.50, Youth (ages 6 to 17) $3.00. 770-443-7850, http://georgiastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


GA-Augusta Confederate Memorial Day Commemoration - Saturday, April 14, 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 speaker, black powder salute, cannon firing and honor guard. FREE admission. http://eporteralexander.homestead.com/


GA-Marietta Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 14, 2:00 pm, Marietta Confederate Cemetery, 395 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. You are invited to the annual Marietta Confederate Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery’s gazebo. Speaker is author and historian Robert Jones. Rain date is April 15. Marietta Confederate Cemetery is the location of Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker # 22 on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. FREE admission. http://mariettaconfederatecemetery.org/events.html


GA-Hood’s Texas Brigade at Chickamauga - Saturday, April 14, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Hood’s Texas Brigade is considered to be one of the best fighting units of the Confederate Army. This walk will look at their story on the battlefield of Chickamauga, but also look at who they were, why they fought, and ultimately why they are considered to be among the best. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the Chickamauga Campaign historic driving route portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Historic Doll Wedding and High Tea - Saturday, April 14, 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 and tours of the historic Governor’s Mansion. The Old Governor’s Mansion is the location of Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker # L14 on the historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html. Reservations required: Adults $20.00, Students/Children $15.00. 478-445-4545, www.gcsu.edu/mansion


SC-Firing on Fort Sumter: “The Opening Ball” - Saturday, April 14, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, American Legion Hall, Duncan Park, Spartanburg SC. You are invited to our 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 $20.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $10.00. 864-599-1947, https://sumterball.blogspot.com/


GA-The Vineyard Band at The Warren House - Saturday, April 14, 5:30 to 10:00 pm, The Warren House Reception Center, 102 West Mimosa Drive, Jonesboro GA. Come and kick off Spring vibes at The Warren House with live music from The Vineyard Band! Join us at our West Mimosa Bar for beer, wine and champagne drinks, as well as delicious hors d'oeuvres available for purchase. The Warren House was at the very center of fighting during the Battle of Jonesboro on September 1, 1864 and was used at different times by both armies as a field hospital. The outcome of this battle resulted in the capture of Atlanta by Federal forces the following day. Jonesboro is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. Tickets: $10.00. 678-685-1821, www.warrenhouse.net


GA-4th Annual “Beards, Bourbon & BBQ” - Saturday, April 14, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry Street, Macon GA. The 4th Annual “Beards, Bourbon & BBQ” will feature a BBQ plate with every ticket, live music by Chris Blankenship, bourbon tasting in our historic brick kitchen, beard contests and more. This antebellum house received its nickname after a Federal cannonball struck it during the Civil War. Macon is located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/index.html. Tickets:$25.00 to $50.00 each. 478-745-5982, www.cannonballhouse.org/  


GA-Andrews Raid - Saturday, April 14, 7:30 to 8:30 pm, Underpass Amphitheater at Depot Park, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw GA. Historian Michael K. Shaffer will recount the events of April 12, 1862 when Union spy James Andrews, along with soldiers from Ohio, stole the locomotive General at Big Shanty (present day Kennesaw). These men hoped to disrupt the railroad line as they made their way north. Confederates, led by Conductor William Fuller, chased after these men and eventually caught them just north of Ringgold. In case of rain this event will be held inside the Southern Museum. Admission: Adults $7.50, Seniors (age 60+) $6.50, Children (ages 4 to 12) $5.50. 770-427-2117, http://www.southernmuseum.org/


SC-14th Annual Battle of Charleston Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 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. Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children (ages 5 to 11) $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


SC-Guided Historical Walking Tours at Congaree Creek - Saturdays, April 14 & 21, 12,000 Year History Park at Congaree Park, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce SC. These guided historical walking tours at 12,000 Year History Park are 60 to 90 minutes long and focus on local history along beautiful Congaree Creek. All tours are a great adventure for kids. April 14: The Battle of Congaree Creek at 1:00 pm. April 21: The Battle of Congaree Creek at 1:00 pm, and Fort Congaree & 18th Century Trade at 3:00 pm. Please wear comfortable shoes. You may want to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and plenty of water! FREE admission. 803-765-2200, historyparkoncongareepark@gmail.com


GA-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, April 15, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 GA Hwy. 155 SW, Stockbridge GA. Learn about Panola Mountain's rich history through hands-on living history demonstrations at the Parker House that depict everyday family life during years prior to the Civil War. Participate in activities including candle making, butter churning, cooking, making rag dolls and other period games, all from guides in historic period clothing. Stockbridge is located on the “Right Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. Reservations recommended. 770-389-7801, http://gastateparks.org/PanolaMountain


GA-God as General: Was There a Religious History of the American Civil War? - Monday, April 16, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Dr. George C. Rable, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama, will speak on the topic entitled “God as General: Was There a Religious History of the American Civil War?” based on his book “God’s Almost Chosen People: A Rebellious History of the American Civil War” during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com  


AL-Mobile River Cruise - Thursday, April 19, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Historic Blakeley State Park, 34745 Alabama Hwy. 225, Spanish Fort AL. Author and Civil War historian John Sledge will narrate a 3-hour cruise across the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and down the Mobile River leaving a wake of history. Sledge brings people, places and events from this area’s rich past to life. Tickets: Adults $40.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $25.00. 251-626-0798, www.blakeleypark.com


GA-Friday at the Forge - Friday, April 20, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Our fort blacksmiths are going to heat up some metal! Come and learn all about how a blacksmith’s forge works. As we work the hot metal we’ll also be casting musket balls. Fort McAllister is located at the termination of the “Right Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html. Admission $5.00 to $9.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Warner Robins Confederate Memorial Service - Friday, April 20, 6:00 pm, Bason Cemetery, 211 Stevens Street, Warner Robins GA. The public is invited to a service memorializing Confederate veterans from the Warner Robins area and throughout middle Georgia. FREE admission. http://scvcamp1399.org/stevens_street_cemetery.php


GA-Byron Confederate Memorial Service - Friday, April 20, 7:00 pm, Cliett Cemetery, 233-499 Barker Road, Byron GA. The public is invited to a service memorializing Confederate veterans from the Bryon area and Peach County. FREE admission. http://scvcamp1399.org/cliett_cemetery_monument.php


GA-Cotton Avenue Confederate Monument Service - Saturday, April 21, 8:00 am, Confederate Monument, Cotton Avenue at Second Street. Macon GA. The public is invited to a memorial service in honor of Confederate veterans from Macon and Bibb County. FREE admission. http://scvcamp1399.org/memorialday.php


GA-National Junior Ranger Day at Andersonville - Saturday, April 21, 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. All children who participate in Junior Ranger Day will receive a special certificate. FREE admission. 229-924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande/  


GA-Dalton Bus Tour - Saturday, April 21, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, departing from and returning to KSU Town Point Building, 3391 Town Point Drive, Kennesaw GA. One-day tour of Civil War sites in the Dalton, Georgia area offered by the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University. Included are a chartered bus, guided tour led by Dr. Brian Wills and NPS Historian Jim Ogden, catered lunch, and entry into the Huff House in Dalton. Registration: $75.00. 470-578-2551, http://bit.ly/daltonbustour


GA-Albany Annual Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am, Confederate Memorial Park, GA Hwy. 91 (aka Philema Road),  1/2 mile NE of entrance to Chehaw Park, Albany GA. Please notify other family and friends who might have an interest in attending. FREE admission. jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net


SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Saturday, April 21, 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 2018:

---April 21 - First Day of National Park Week

---September 22 - 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, April 21, 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 2018:

---April 21 - First Day of National Park Week

---September 22 - 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-Olde Effingham Day Festival - Saturday, April 21, 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-Macon Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am, Rose Hill Cemetery Bandstand, 1071 Riverside Drive, Macon GA. Annual ceremony at the burial location of many of Macon’s Confederate veterans. Ceremony includes a procession of flags. Macon is located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/index.html. FREE admission. 404-456-3393, timfpilgrim@yahoo.com


GA-Cassville Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am, Old Cassville Cemetery, Chunn Facin Road, Cassville (near Cartersville) GA. Conducted by the Stiles-Akin Camp #670, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the service will feature guest speaker/historian Michael Shaffer. Wreaths will be laid at the Confederate marker accompanied by an honor guard. Join in this commemoration at the burial site of more than 300 Confederate soldiers. Cassville is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 678-800-3214


GA-Junior Ranger Day at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Children are invited to join in this celebration as they learn about the different eras in Kennesaw Mountain’s history. Meet an 18th century settler/hunter, a 19th century Civil War era soldier, a 20th century Civil Conservation worker and a 21st century National Park Service ranger. Each participant will be sworn in as an official Junior Ranger. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission, but pre-registration required. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Milledgeville Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am, Memory Hill Cemetery, 300 West Franklin Street, Milledgeville GA. The speaker for the memorial service for Confederate veterans buried at Memory Hill Cemetery will be Mr. Hank Seagers from Madison GA. Please come help us celebrate our heritage. FREE admission. scott@performanceauctionteam.com

 

GA-Woodward Cemetery Memorial Service - Saturday, April 21, 12:00 noon, Woodward Cemetery, Hartley Bridge Road, Rutland (Bibb County) GA. A public memorial service will be held for Confederate veterans buried at Woodward Cemetery in Bibb County. FREE admission. http://scvcamp1399.org/memorialday.php


GA-McDonough Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 21, 2:00 pm, McDonough City Square, downtown McDonough GA. You are invited to Henry County’s annual Confederate Memorial Day Service. The keynote speaker will be chaplain Dr. James Alvin West who will be speaking on the Christian character of General Robert E. Lee. FREE admission. 770-296-5139, zachrycamp108@gmail.com


GA-Byron City Cemetery Confederate Memorial Service - Saturday, April 21, 2:00 pm, Byron City Cemetery, Murdock Lane, Byron GA. A public memorial service will be held for Confederate veterans from Peach County and others buried here. FREE admission. http://scvcamp1399.org/memorialday.php


GA-Fort Valley Confederate Memorial Service - Saturday, April 21, 4:00 pm, Oak Lawn Cemetery, GA Hwy. 49, Fort Valley GA. The public is invited to a memorial service for Confederate veterans buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery. FREE admission. http://scvcamp1399.org/memorialday.php


GA-Dodge County Confederate Memorial Service - Saturday, April 21, 4:00 pm, Confederate Monument, Dodge County Courthouse, Eastman GA. A memorial service will be held in honor of Dodge County Confederate veterans. The public is invited. FREE admission. www.facebook.com/scv2039/


GA-Candlelight Hike to the Mill - Saturday, April 21, 8:00 to 10:00 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This one mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking; cash only. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Sunday, April 22, 11:00 to 4:00 pm, Front field near the Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Artillery demonstrations show visitors the steps taken to fire cannon during the Civil War. Each program lasts 30 to 40 minutes and includes an explanation of the role of artillery during the Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Artillerists explain the steps of firing a cannon, explaining the role of each person working the cannon. Afterwards the process is performed in real time and the cannon is fired. Visitors are encouraged to maintain close control of their pets during firing, as it can be loud, and please prepare small children for the sudden burst of sound. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Resaca Confederate Memorial Day Service - Sunday, April 22, 2:00 pm, Resaca Confederate Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery Road, Resaca GA (approximately seven miles north of Calhoun off U.S. Hwy. 41). The public is welcome to attend the annual memorial service at the burial location of hundreds of Confederate soldiers. Author and historian Robert Jones will be the keynote speaker delivering an address entitled “Did the Confederacy Really Die?” Music will be provided by the Company G, 28th Georgia Fife & Drum Corps and Laney House. Resaca and its Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker # 14 (“Oostanaula River Bridges”) are located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. In the event of bad weather this service will be held at the same time and place the following Sunday, April 29. FREE admission. 706-625-7574, www.scv915.com/


GA-Appling County Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony - Sunday, April 22, 2:00 pm, Campground Cemetery, between Baxley and Graham via U.S. Hwy. 341, Buckhead Road, Campground Road and Walker Lane, Appling County GA. The public is invited to the annual Confederate Memorial Day Ceremony where the Appling Grays drilled and trained in 1861. FREE admission. info@applinggrays.org


GA-Marietta Confederate Cemetery Living History Tours - Sunday, April 22, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Marietta Confederate Cemetery, 395 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Step back in time for a tour of the cemetery. Hear stories from many of the "residents" of the cemetery as well as their family and friends portrayed by local actors and volunteers. Marietta Confederate Cemetery and its Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker # 22 are located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. Tickets: Adults $10.00, Seniors $8.00, Students (ages 12+) $5.00. http://mariettaconfederatecemetery.org/events.html


GA-Waynesboro Confederate Memorial Service - Sunday, April 22, 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 Bernard Martin. FREE admission. tdlively@hotmail.com


AL-Confederate Memorial Day 2018 - Monday, April 23, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, Alabama Capitol grounds, Montgomery AL. Annual Confederate Memorial Day event. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Harry Reeder with music by the renowned Bobby Horton. 5+ cannon will be firing. Attendees may announce the name and unit of one Confederate ancestor. FREE admission. https://alabamacofc.wordpress.com/


GA-Waycross Confederate Memorial Day Service - Monday, April 23, 6:00 pm, Confederate Monument, Phoenix Park, Waycross GA. This year’s program will be “Memoirs from a Confederate Soldier” presented by Peter Mullen of Callahan FL. Mr. Mullen is a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Georgia Historical Society, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Sons of Union Veterans. Everyone is invited. FREE admission. chuck.griffin13@yahoo.com


GA-Confederate Sharpshooters - Monday, April 23, 6:00 pm, Fitzpatrick Hotel, 16 West Square, Washington GA. Mr. Joe Byrd will present a talk entitled “Confederate Sharpshooters” during the monthly meeting of the Washington (GA) Civil War Round Table. These men were elite soldiers in each brigade, chosen for their shooting skill and bravery. Mr. Bird will have copies of his book, “Confederate Sharpshooters-Major William E. Simmons,” for those who would like to purchase a personalized copy. Washington and its Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker are located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-jefferson-davis.html. FREE admission. www.facebook.com/WWCWRT/


GA-Sandersville Confederate Memorial Day Service - Thursday, April 26, 6:00 pm, Old City Cemetery, Virginia Avenue, Sandersville GA. Confederate veterans buried at Old City Cemetery will be honored during this memorial service. The public is invited. FREE admission. www.washingtoncountyga.com/


AL-Confederate Park Civil War Military & Civilian Life Living History - Friday & Saturday, April 27 & 28, 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-Columbia County Confederate Memorial Day Service - Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am, Evans Library Pavilion Park, 7022 Evans Town Center Boulevard, Evans GA. Annual memorial service at the Columbia County Confederate Veterans Monument behind the Columbia County Library in Evans. FREE admission. chip@collectorsco.com


GA-Blairsville Confederate Memorial Day Observance - Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am, Union County War Memorial, School Circle and Hughes Street, 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-Like Leaves Before the Wind: Civilians Caught in the Crossfire - Saturday, April 28, 10:00 to 11:30 am, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. We often get the soldier's side of the story, but what about those not in the military? This program focuses on the perspectives of civilians attached to the Union and Confederate armies who found themselves in the midst of one of the fiercest struggles during the Civil War. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the Chickamauga Campaign historic driving route portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Volunteer Work Day at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Lend a helping hand by assisting staff members with various projects such as housekeeping, gardening, decorating and by participating in special events. Union Major General William T. Sherman’s army visited Jarrell Plantation during their March to the Sea. Directions: Located southeast of Juliette, 18 miles from I-75 Forsyth exit #185 or 18 miles north of Macon exit #171. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers will receive FREE admission for the day. 478-986-5172, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


SC-Archaeology Dig at the Heyward House - Saturday, April 28, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, 70 Boundary Street, Bluffton SC. You and your child will have the chance to dig for artifacts on our site and be a part of Bluffton's rich history! On June 4, 1863, Union troops came along the May River and bombed the town. 75% of the town burned. Only eight homes and two churches survive today from the antebellum period, including the Heyward House. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children (ages 5 to 12) $5.00. 843-757-6293, www.heywardhouse.org


GA-Mother/Daughter Tea - Saturday, April 28, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry Street, Macon GA. Mothers and daughters (K-12th grade) are invited to our annual Mother/Daughter Tea. Spend an afternoon enjoying one another’s company in one of Macon’s finest historic homes. Reservations required. The Cannonball House received its nickname after a Federal cannonball struck it during the Civil War. Macon is located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/index.html. Cost: $10 per person; reservation required. 478-745-5982, www.cannonballhouse.org/  


GA-Geology Hike to Manchester Mill - Saturday, April 28, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will also be a visit to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-Spring at the Cabin - Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth GA. Join us for two days of pioneering fun! We’ll have live music, crafts, games, weapons demonstrations and more. All activities will take place at the Vaughn Log Cabin, located behind the old Park Office. Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-975-0055, http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


SC-11th Annual Cross Keys Living History Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, 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-Savannah Confederate Memorial Day Service - Sunday, April 29, 1:00 pm, Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park, Savannah GA. All are invited to the Savannah ceremony for Confederate Memorial Day. Savannah is located at the termination of the “Left Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 912-748-7387, www.scvsavannah.com/


GA-Worth County Confederate Memorial Day Service - Sunday, April 29, 2:00 pm, Worth County Courthouse grounds, Sylvester GA. Worth County Confederate veterans will be honored during a memorial service to which the public is invited. FREE admission. www.facebook.com/Yancy-Independents-Camp-693-739209666141969/


GA-154th Kingston Confederate Memorial Day Service - Sunday, April 29, 2:30 pm, Kingston Baptist Church, 40 East Main Street, Kingston GA. Please join members of the Kingston Woman’s History Club for the 154th Confederate Memorial Day Service. The program will feature guest speaker Dr. Joseph Kitchens, Executive Director of the Reinhardt University's Funk Heritage Center in Waleska GA, with music provided by Jessica Kennedy. Children and grandchildren are welcomed and encouraged to decorate graves. A Memorial Day Tea will occur following the service at the Kingston Museum, Martha Mulinix Annex. Kingston is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 770-235-0058


GA-Hephzibah Confederate Memorial Day - Sunday, April 29, 3:00 pm, Hephzibah Cemetery, Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah GA. The public is invited to the Hephzibah observance ceremony for Confederate Memorial Day, with rifle and cannon firings. FREE admission. 706-872-8063, http://eporteralexander.homestead.com/


GA-Athens Confederate Memorial Day Service - Sunday, April 29, 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. FREE admission. http://scvathenscamp.org