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GA-“Birth, Growth and Near Death Experience of the Colony of Roswell” - Thursday, February 2, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Paulette Snoby will speak during the monthly meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. Admission: $5.00; first-time guests are free.,

GA-2017 Civil War Colloquium - Saturday, February 4, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, Lecture Hall, Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton GA. The Bandy Heritage Center will present the 2017 Civil War in the Western Theater Colloquium "Written in Blood and Carved in Stone: Remembering the Civil War at Chickamauga, Shiloh, and Vicksburg." Three prominent scholars will discuss how the nation's earliest military parks came into existence, how each contributed to the memory of the war, and how their commemoration of the historic landscape changed over time. Jim Ogden, Chief Historian of the Chattanooga and Chickamauga National Park will begin the program with his presentation “Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park.” Dr. Tim Smith of the University of Tennessee at Martin will present “This Great Battlefield of Shiloh." Michael Panhorst, will speak on ‘“Vicksburg National Military Park:’ The Art Park of the South.” The lectures will be followed by a discussion panel. FREE admission. 706-272-4452,

SC-Explore Mitchelville - Saturday, February 4, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Historic Cherry Hill School, 209 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island SC. Shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1862, while most of the African-American population was still trying to adjust to the idea of their new post-war freedom, the residents of Mitchelville were busy creating a completely new self-governed system that would be a guidepost for generations to follow. Take a guided journey through historic Mitchelville by bike or on foot. FREE admission. This event is part of the 21st annual Gullah Celebration from February 1st through 28th. 843-255-7303,

SC-152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Rivers Bridge - Saturday, February 4, 1:30 to 4:00 pm, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Battlefield tour at 1:30 pm, followed by two speaker presentations. Dr. Graham Long will speak about his research on Battery Pringle. Dr. Fritz Hamer will compare Confederate cavalry generals, Wade Hampton and Jeb Stuart. Meet at the Community Building; refreshments provided. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (16 & under) and anyone wearing a Rivers Bridge t-shirt are admitted free. 803-267-3675,

GA-Dalton Civil War Show - Saturday & Sunday, February 4 & 5, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday, Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton GA. Annual Civil War relics show featuring the best in weapons, swords, dug items, uniforms, books and more. Free appraisals. Admission: Adults $10.00, under age 10 are free with adult. 770-630-7296,

GA-Super Museum Sunday 2017 - Sunday, February 5, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, multiple sites in Savannah and throughout Coastal Georgia. Only once a year, from downtown Savannah to Statesboro and Darien, over 60 cultural institutions, historic sites, house museums, art museums and other points of interest in Coastal Georgia open their doors FREE to the public. Many museums and sites are related to the Civil War period. FREE admission. 912-651-2125,

AL-Fort Morgan Civil War Tours - Tuesdays, February 7, 14 & 21, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. A tour of the fort will be given by a uniformed interpreter. An artillery firing will occur during the tour. Admission to the fort: Adults $7.00, Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00, Children under age 6 and Military w/ ID are free. 251-540-7127,

GA-Labor Behind the Veil - Fridays, February 10, 17 & 24, 2:00 pm, Old Governor’s Mansion, 120 South Clark Street, Milledgeville GA. Join us as we present a tour to highlight the lives of African Americans who toiled under the veil of slavery. Admission: Adults $8.00, Students $4.00. 478-445-4545,

AL-Guided Bus Tours of Blakeley’s Civil War Battlefield and “Alabama Authors Day” - Saturday, February 11, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, Historic Blakeley State Park, 34745 Alabama Hwy. 225, Spanish Fort AL. Join us for two special events focusing on Alabama’s rich history. Enjoy a guided bus tour of our battlefield, site of Alabama's largest Civil War battle, at either 9:00 or 9:45 am (registration required for bus tours) before gathering at the Wehle Center for brief presentations and discussions with several accomplished local authors who have recently published works based in Alabama’s storied past. Author presentations begin at 10:30 am. Book signings will follow the presentations. Admission: Complimentary with regular park admission of $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 6 to 12. 251-626-0798,

GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, February 11, 11:30 am to 4:00 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-Eli Lilly: “Take What You Find Here & Make It Better and Better” - Saturday, February 11, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Visitor Center, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The public is invited to participate in a program beginning at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. This program will caravan to Tour Stop #5, then hike to Lilly’s battery of artillery in Viniard Field. Prior to the Civil War, Eli Lilly was a pharmacist, inventing medicines to provide better health for the public. During the war he found himself under the command of Colonel J. T. Wilder, where he used that same innovation to put together an artillery battery like no other. On September 19, 1863, his battery saw fierce fighting in Viniard Field during the Battle of Chickamauga. This same innovation and drive followed Lilly after the war into his pharmaceutical business. Comfortable, supportive footwear, chairs, appropriate clothing for the weather and water are recommended for this program. FREE admission. 706-866-9241,

GA-Winter Encampment at Pickett’s Mill - Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Confederate reenactors will be encamped next to our original 164-year-old log cabin, where civilian women will demonstrate what life was like on the home front. There will be musket firings every hour as well as interactive living history displays where you will be able to learn more about this important time in our state’s history. Admission $3.00 to $5.50, plus $5.00 parking. Directions: Five miles northeast of Dallas off GA Hwy. 381 on Mount Tabor Church Road, accessed by Dallas-Acworth Road or Due West Road, or follow the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® roadway “trailblazer” signs from the New Hope community. From I-20 take Exit #44 (Thornton Road). 770-443-7850,

SC-Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved - Friday, February 17, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston SC. School groups and the general public are invited to a day of living history to include period cooking, blacksmithing and storytelling. Admission: Adults $15.00, school groups with proper ID are free. 843-571-1266,

GA-Lift Every Voice: African Americans in Civil War Navies - Saturday, February 18, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA. Commemorate Black History Month with a special guided tour and program. This program offers patrons a variety of stories, highlighting the Navy experience through the eyes of African American nurses, sailors and engineers. Guests will learn about the lives of Horace King, John Lawson, Harriet Dallas, Charles Fisher and Mary Louvestre through first person interpretations. Admission: Adults $7.50, Military/Seniors $6.50, Students $6.00, Children ages 6 and under are free. 706-327-9798,

SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Monday, February 20, 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:

---February 20 – Presidents’ Day

---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, \

GA-Free Admission Days at Fort Pulaski - Monday, February 20, 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:

---February 20 – Presidents’ Day

---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, \

GA-Blue and Gray Education Society - Monday, February 20, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Len Reidel, Founder and Executive Director of the Blue and Gray Education Society, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table on his organization's work. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909,  

GA-Technology in the Civil War - Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm, Bartow History Museum, 4 East Church Street, Cartersville GA. Historian Michael K. Shaffer will discuss the impact of aeronautics, submersibles, the telegraph and more during the Civil War. FREE admission. 770-382-3818,

SC-23rd Annual Battle of Aiken Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, February 24 through 26, 1210 Powell Pond Road, Aiken SC. See history come alive with cannon, cavalry and living history experts. For three days, reenactors eat, sleep, live and fight in a painfully recreated version of the world in 1865. This War Between the States event has grown from a few hundred men with muskets to a full-blown Civil War festival. In addition to battle reenactments, there are authentic 19th-century military encampments, living history presentations, reproductions of medical facilities, an engineer and signal service, musicians, and civilian portrayals. Food is available for purchase. Friday: free admission for school groups with reservations although a donation of canned goods is encouraged; Saturday & Sunday: open to the general public 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Directions: I-20 to Exit #18, SC Hwy. 19. Turn south toward Aiken. Turn left onto Powell Pond Road and follow signs. Admission: Adults $12.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $6.00, under age 6 are free. 888-378-7623,

GA-Sherman’s March Tour - Saturday, February 25, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center, East Georgia State College, 131 College Circle, Swainsboro GA. Dr. John K. Derden, Professor Emeritus of History at East Georgia State College, will conduct his annual tour of sites associated with Sherman’s March through East Central Georgia. The tour will also include a visit to the site of Camp Lawton, the Confederate Prisoner of War Camp located on the grounds of Magnolia Springs State Park. Dr. Derden is the author of the book, “The Largest Prison in the World: The Story of Camp Lawton,” on the history of the prison. Lunch and transportation will be provided. Registration fee is $70.00; deadline is February 22. 478-289-2133

GA-30th Anniversary Concert - Sunday, February 26, 3:00 pm, Second Avenue Baptist Church, Rome GA. The renown 8th Regiment Band will perform a special concert in observance of their 30th anniversary. Enjoy the best of 19th century brass band music! CD's of their music will be available for sale. Admission: Adults $10.00 donation, Students $5.00 donation, Children under age 6 are free. 706-232-3663,