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SC-Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art - August 1 through 26, 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,

AL-Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan - Saturday, August 5, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Come remember the sacrifices of the United States and Confederate States Armed Forces during this pivotal naval battle and siege. Uniformed interpreters will bring the fort to life through demonstration of period drills on the fort's parade ground as well as artillery demonstration at the water battery. Special talks given by the site historians will provide insight into the events that transpired as well as introduce topics little written about in books. Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00, under age 6 & active military w/ ID are free. 251-540-5257,

AL- Battle of Mobile Bay Commemorative Day - Saturday, August 5, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Fort Gaines, 109 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island AL. The event highlights Fort Gaines integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. The cannon will be fired every hour in honor of the soldiers that fought in this pivotal battle. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family. Blacksmith demonstrations will be on hand all day in the fort’s blacksmith shop. Admission: Adults (ages 13+) $8.00, Children (ages 5 to 12) $4.00. 251-861-6992,

GA-Trench Warfare in the Civil War - Saturday, August 5, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Did you know Civil War soldiers utilized trenches as a tactic of warfare? As the war developed into its later stages, troops both blue and gray learned quickly that “digging in” was vital to winning battles. See some of the actual trenches that were used. This program will be part lecture and part battlefield tour, so everyone will enjoy it. Admission: $3.00 to $5.50. 770-443-7850,

GA-Gordon-Lee Mansion Summer Tours - Saturdays, August 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga GA. The mansion was occupied by both Federal and Confederate troops at different times during the Chickamauga Campaign. Tours every Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861,

GA-Join Us or You Are Doomed: Fighting Against Reconstruction - Saturday, August 5, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Visitor Center, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Learn about how many ex-Confederates resisted Reconstruction in the years after the Civil War. FREE admission. 423-752-5213,

SC-Civil War Adventure Camp - Tuesday, August 8, Heyward House Historic Center, 70 Boundary Street, Bluffton SC. Join reenactor Aaron Bradford to learn about Civil War uniforms and equipment, train to fight as infantry and artillery soldiers, learn battlefield communications, participate in a battle drill and more! Two sessions of the program will be offered from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Both sessions are geared towards children ages 7 and up. Parents are encouraged to participate! Registration: $20.00 per person. 843-757-6293,

GA-Dedication of “Hester’s Ferry” and “Chenault” Interpretive Markers - Tuesday, August 8, 11:00 am, Hester’s Ferry Campground, 1864 Graball Road, near Tignall GA. The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for Lincoln County’s two Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive markers. Both markers are parts of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail. Hester’s Ferry is where Jefferson Davis and his escort first entered Georgia in May 1865 after crossing the Savannah River. Chennault is the community where the Confederate treasury disappeared. FREE admission.

AL-Preparing for War - Friday through Sunday, August 11 through 13, 1477 LaGrange College Road, Leighton AL. In April 1862 the Governor of Alabama authorized Major James W. Robertson to raise a regiment using his LaGrange Military Academy as the nucleus. Major Robertson then sent out his cadets through-out North Alabama and raised what would eventually become the 35th Alabama Infantry Regiment. Though the cadets were well trained, these new recruits were unfamiliar with military life. Though they could shoot, they were in need of basic drills. We will recreate this moment in Alabama History with a living history presentation. Through-out the weekend reenactors will portray LaGrange Cadets, veterans of the Franklin Blues, and the common citizen-turned-soldier of 1862. They will drill in military tactics, attend lectures, play games, sing songs, and live the life of these boys of ’62. FREE admission; donations encouraged.

AL-Dothan Artifact Show - Saturday, August 12, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Westgate Gym, 501 Recreation Road, Dothan AL.  There will be display cases, pipes, bowls, spears, arrowheads, clothing, jewelry, books, educational displays, etc.  Pre Columbian, Civil War relics, fossils and related artifacts are allowed.  There will be a Flint Knapping Demo during the show.  There will also be a raffle and refreshments.  Admission: $2.00 donation.

GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, August 12, 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, (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).

GA-Guided Tour of Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, August 12, 9:30 to 11:00 am, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Learn about the Jarrell family, the agricultural operation, and how the switch to industry kept the plantation afloat. Guides may be requested in advance for group tours. 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. Admission: $4.00 to $6.50. 478-986-5172,

GA-39th Annual North Georgia Relic Hunters Civil War and Antique Firearms Show - Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13, Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday until 3:00 pm, Cobb Civic Center, 528 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta GA. Show and sale of dug relics, guns and swords, books, frame-able prints, paper items, artillery items and currency. Lectures on numerous historical subjects. Admission: Adults $6.00, Children under age 10 admitted free with adult.

GA-Behind the Scenes Tour - Saturdays, August 12 & 26, 10:15 am, Hay House, 934 Georgia Avenue, Macon GA. Tour all seven levels of this 1850s National Historic Landmark, including the newly restored cupola with its spectacular 360-degree view of Macon! Moderate walking and stair-climbing involved. Tour lasts approximately two hours. Admission: $25.00 (ages 8+ only); reservations required. Directions from I-75: Take I-16 east to Exit #1A, turn south on Spring Street and cross the Ocmulgee River. Hay House is directly ahead at the top of the hill.  478-742-8155,

GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday, August 13, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 & 3:00 pm, Outside of Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Artillery (cannon) demonstrations show visitors the steps taken to fire cannons during the American Civil War. Each program lasts approximately 30 to 40 minutes and includes an explanation of the role of artillery during the Atlanta Campaign and at 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. FREE admission. 770-427-4686,

GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, August 19, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, Visitor Center, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The public is invited to bring their bicycles and join in a leisurely-paced historical ride of approximately 2-1/2 hours in length. National Park Service rangers will talk about the history of the battlefield while Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers provide ride leadership and support. Loaner bicycles will be available for riders five-feet-tall and over at no charge. Reservations for loaner bicycles are required at 706-866-9241. The tour begins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Ride length is approximately 3 to 4 miles on flat to moderately-hilly terrain. The rides are appropriate for adults and children ages eight and older when accompanied by an adult. All participants are required to wear helmets. Additional Saturday battlefield bicycle tours are scheduled for September 16 and October 21. FREE admission. 423-752-5213 ext. 139,

GA-Georgia Military Institute in the Civil War - Saturday, August 19, 2:00 pm, Kennesaw Depot, 2828 Cherokee Street NW, Kennesaw GA. Historian Michael K. Shaffer will discuss the role of Georgia Military Institute and its cadets during the Civil War. FREE admission.

SC-Total Eclipse Dress Rehearsal and Historic Walking Tour - Saturday, August 19, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, 12,000 Year History Park, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, SC. Join us at the 12,000 Year History Park for a “dress rehearsal” to the total solar eclipse. Learn basic facts about the causes of the solar eclipse as well as what to expect and how to prepare for the event. We will also have information on the cultural and natural resources of the park including an American Civil War battle, an 18th century colonial fort and trading post, and Native American sites and artifacts. FREE admission, with FREE eclipse glasses to the first 100 people. 803-765-2200,

GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday, August 20, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 & 3:00 pm, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Enjoy an interactive infantry demonstration consisting of a step-by-step description and demonstration of basic infantry tactics, culminating in a musket firing. Staff reserves the right to change or cancel events due to inclement weather, staffing issues, or dangerous conditions. FREE admission. 770-427-4686,

GA-Lift Every Voice: Savannah’s African American Historic Sites - Sunday, August 20, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, Savannah GA. Seven local sites are collaborating to honor Savannah’s African-American history. Each will offer FREE admission for the afternoon. Sites include Beach Institute, Davenport House Museum, Georgia Historical Society, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Pin Point Heritage Museum and Telfair Museums’ Owens-Thomas House. Programs at each site will focus on African-American history connections, many with Civil War era connections, and will include a variety of activities for guests of all ages. FREE admission.  

SC-Solar Eclipse Viewing at Cross Keys House - Monday, August 21, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Cross Keys House, 163 Old Buncombe Road, Union SC. Come join in the fun and experience a once in a life time event. There will be fun, food, and fellowship. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs. The Cross Keys House is an antebellum residence that was visited by Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1865. Special glasses for viewing will be available for $2.00 each. Parking: $5.00. 864-429-5081,

SC-Solar Eclipse at Rivers Bridge - Monday, August 21, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Join us for eclipse related craft activities and ranger led programs that all ages can enjoy. There will be an opportunity for most eclipse related questions to be answered before, during, and after the eclipse event. Rivers Bridge is the location of significant fighting during Sherman’s 1865 campaign through South Carolina. Viewing glasses will be available to purchase for $2.00 each. Refreshments to be served during activities for all participants. Come enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity with us! FREE admission. 803-267-3675,

SC-Eclipse Across America at Charleston Area National Park Sites - Monday, August 21, 1:00 to 4:30 pm, Fort Moultrie, Liberty Square and Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Charleston SC metro area.  Fort Moultrie, Liberty Square and Charles Pinckney National Historic Sites are planning activities for the upcoming Eclipse Across America. Activities will include an eclipse junior ranger activity book and badge for children. Fort Moultrie will be one of the sites for NASA’s Space Grant Ballooning Project, which will broadcast the first-ever live-streaming video footage of an eclipse from cameras dangling from high altitude balloons in the stratosphere. Some of the students will be launching the balloon from a US Coast Guard auxiliary vessel about five miles off the coast of Charleston. While other students, alums and the NASA 360 media team will be stationed atop the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center where they will track the balloon’s location, monitor the video feed and provide information to park visitors. The public will be able to watch the live broadcast at Arrive early as space and parking will be limited. Never look directly at the sun or serious injury can occur. The parks will have limited supplies of special-purpose solar glasses that will be distributed on August 21st. Visitors are encouraged to bring snacks. A water fountain and bottle filling station are available at all sites. Sunscreen and insect repellant are recommended. 843-883-3123,

GA-Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War - Monday, August 21, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Dr. Brian Jordan, Assistant Professor of History at Sam Houston State University, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table on the topic “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War.” Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909,

SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Friday, August 25, 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:

---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, \

GA-Free Admission Days at Fort Pulaski - Friday, August 25, 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:

---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, \

AL-Summer Living History Program - Saturday, August 26, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Confederate Memorial Park, 437 County Road 63, Marbury AL. Please join us for our Living History program. Members of the 33rd Alabama Infantry will be on duty at our Civil War Camp of Instruction site giving demonstrations and answering questions on soldier life during the war. Admission: Adults $4.00, Students, Seniors & Retired Military $3.00, Children ages 6 to 18 (with adult) $1.00, Active Military are admitted free. 205-755-1990,

GA-Picking Up the Pieces - Saturday, August 26, 10:00 to 11:30 am, Visitor Center, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Learn about the long term impact of the Battle of Chickamauga on the families who lived on the battlefield and how the fighting affected their lives in the years afterwards. FREE admission. 423-752-5213 ext. 139,

GA-Cabin Life in Pre-Civil War Paulding County - Saturday, August 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. What was life in northwest Georgia like before the Civil War? Come check out this unique program held at our original log cabin where reenactors will recreate day-to-day life of the 1850s. There will be period games for kids and adults will be able to interact with reenactors. Admission: $3.00 to $5.50. 770-443-7850,

SC-The Olde South Ball - Saturday, August 26, 5:30 to 11:30 pm, Spartanburg Marriott, 299 North Church Street, Spartanburg SC. You are invited to an old-fashioned War Between the States Ball with music by the Blue Ridge Rounders. Dinner included, with music by the Joyful Harps. Guests should wear 1860’s attire or evening formal wear. A variety of uniquely southern, handcrafted items will be for sale. “Early bird” tickets: $65.00. Deadline: June 1st.

GA-Cheatham Hill Guided History Walks - Sunday, August 27, 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,

GA-Stovall’s Brigade - Monday, August 28, 7:30 pm, Second Baptist Church of New Hope, Dallas-Acworth Highway @ Bobo Road, Dallas GA. National Park Service Historian Jim Ogden will be speaking on Confederate Brigadier General Marcellus A. Stovall’s brigade at Chattanooga during November 1863 and the Battle of New Hope Church on May 25, 1864. FREE admission.