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SC-First Day Hike at Rivers Bridge - Monday, January 1, 10:00 am, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Start your New Year’s resolution on the right foot! During this easy hike we’ll stop and talk about both the nature and history of the park. It promises to be invigorating to the mind and body! Bring water, insect repellent and a camera, and make sure dress for the weather. Meet at the park office. FREE admission. 803-267-3675, rbridgesp@scprt.com


GA-First Day History Hike at Jarrell Plantation - Monday, January 1, 10:00 to 11:30 am, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Take a hike on our history trail and enjoy a guided tour of the plantation. Learn about the Jarrell family, the agricultural operation and how the switch to industry kept the plantation afloat. 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: Adults $6.50, Seniors (ages 62+) $6.00, Youth (ages 6 to 17) $4.00. 478-986-5172, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


SC-First Day Hike at Redcliffe Plantation - Monday, January 1, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island SC. Start your New Year's resolution out on the right foot with a scenic hike at Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site. Join a park ranger and enjoy a brisk hike down Redcliffe’s 150+ year old Magnolia Allee and along a specially chosen route with magnificent views of Redcliffe’s historic plantation mansion and terraced landscape. This relatively easy hike includes several moderate hills and takes place off-trail. So get out of the house, enjoy the fresh, crisp air, and join us at Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site as we kick off the New Year! FREE admission. 803-827-1473, www.southcarolinaparks.com/redcliffe/redcliffe-programs.aspx


GA- First Day History Hike on Iron Hill Trail - Monday, January 1, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Red Top Mountain State Park, 659 Red Top Mountain Road, Cartersville GA. Start the New Year on the right foot by exploring Iron Hill on this ranger-lead hike through the wooded pathways of the northwest Georgia Iron Industry. Search for our hidden gems from homesteads to iron mines and more, all vitally important during the Civil War era. Meet in the Iron Hill parking lot. Parking: $5.00. 770-975-0055, http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


GA-First Day Hike at Wormsloe - Monday, January 1, 2:30 to 4:00 pm, Wormsloe State Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road, Savannah GA. Interpretive guides will give a history of Wormsloe along the hike, including information about one of the most well preserved Civil War earthworks in Georgia. Please wear comfortable shoes. The hike will begin from the Visitor Center and travel to Battery Wymberly. Admission: $4.50 to $10.00. 912-353-3023, http://gastateparks.org/Wormsloe


GA-First Day Hikes at Magnolia Springs - Sunday, January 1, 6:00 & 10:00 pm, Magnolia Springs State Park, 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen GA. Ring in the New Year and join us for a 1/2 mile hike on our Nature Trail beginning at 6:00 pm. Meet at the Visitor Center and wear comfortable shoes and bring your flashlight and water. Pets are allowed on a 6-foot or shorter leash. After the hike you are welcome to join us and write your regrets for the 2017 year and burn them in our campfire. Then write down your hopes for the New Year. Then at 10:00 pm explore the park’s nightlife as we hike 1.2 miles on the Beaver Creek Trail. These hikes will be canceled in event of inclement weather. Magnolia Springs State Park, the location of a Civil War prisoner-of-war camp, is located on 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). Admission: $5.00 for parking. 478-982-1660, http://gastateparks.org/MagnoliaSprings


AL-Fort Morgan Civil War Tours - Tuesdays, January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2:00 to 2:45 pm (weather permitting), 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, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-Battle of Peach Tree Creek: Hood’s First Sortie - Thursday, January 4, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Author Robert Jenkins 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-Annual Lee-Jackson Prayer Breakfast - Saturday, January 6, 9:00 am, Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry Street, Aiken SC. This annual event will feature historian Kelly Barrow as the guest speaker. The food is always great and the fellowship wonderful; a great way to kick off the New Year. FREE admission. 803-642-2015, http://aikenmuseum.us/


GA-First Saturday Hike at Pickett's Mill - Saturday, January 6, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA.  Join rangers for a special two-mile hike of the battlefield and see trench systems and rifle pits dug and used by Confederate and Federal soldiers in May 1864. You will also see a natural waterfall and the site of Pickett's Mill. The hike will finish with a Civil War weapons demonstration including cannon firing. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail® (http://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://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


GA-Winter Vistas: Longstreet’s Breakthrough - Saturday, January 6, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. A special two-hour driving and hiking tour (approximately ½ mile walking distance) will explore the Chickamauga battlefield. Visitors will explore a part of the battlefield not often seen. This tour will focus on one of the most famous parts of the battle, Longstreet’s Breakthrough, taking advantage of the lack of foliage to examine the field that played an important role in the events in and around the Brotherton farmstead. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail (http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html). FREE admission; meet inside the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


SC-McLeod Plantation Historic Site by Night - Saturday, January 6, 6:30 to 7:45 pm, McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Drive, Charleston SC. For enslaved residents, night was time for burials, worship, family visits or an opportunity to seize freedom. Tour McLeod after dark to discover how they commandeered the night and the risks they took doing so. Admission: $18.00, ages 8 & up. An accompanying adult required for participants ages 15 and under. 843-795-4386, https://ccprc.com/1447/McLeod-Plantation-Historic-Site


SC-2018 Low Country Civil War Show & Sale - Saturday & Sunday, January 6 & 7, Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant SC. Show and sale featuring Civil War relics, muskets & swords, historical art & prints, old coins & currency, old newspapers, books, collectibles and much more! Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday until 3:00 pm. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children under age 10 are free with an adult. 770-362-8671, www.americandiggerevents.com


AL-The Civil War - Eight consecutive Tuesdays from January 9 through February 27, 10:00 to 11:30 am each Tuesday, The University of Alabama Gadsden Center, 121 North 1st Street, Gadsden AL. Historian Norman Dasinger, Jr. will lead an 8-week “Osher Lifelong Living Institute” course on the American Civil War. Its focus will be to discuss how Georgia and Alabama were involved in the war. Registration fee. 205-348-3000, http://olli.ua.edu/


GA-Civil War Class for Kids - Saturday, January 13, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry Street, Macon GA. This class is designed to give students from kindergarten through 3rd grade a better understanding of this great conflict in our nation's history. Lots of hands-on activities! Parents welcome. Cost: $12.00 per student; reservations required. 478-745-5982, www.cannonballhouse.org/


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, January 13, 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. 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). 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


GA-Candlelight Hike to the Mill - Saturday, January 13, 6:00 to 8:00 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. Closed-toe shoes are required. Space is limited. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking; cash only. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-Home School Camp at Fort McAllister - Monday, January 15, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. We are offering a day for home-schooled children to come and spend time with our Rangers. Learn about several different topics, including nature, Civil War history and Native Americans. The camp will offer fun games and demonstrations for children ages 8 to 12 to enjoy. 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/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf). Registration: $20.00 per child; reservations required prior to the day of this event. 912-727-2339


SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Monday, January 15, 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 2018:

---January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

---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 - Monday, January 15, 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 2018:

---January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

---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-How to Know What It’s Worth - Monday, January 15, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. John Sexton, a nationally recognized and former appraiser for PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” series presents on “How to Know What It’s Worth” during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


AL-Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration - Friday, January 19, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, First White House of the Confederacy, 644 Washington Avenue, Montgomery AL. Annual birthday celebration for General Robert E. Lee. Commemorative festivities throughout the day include a speech, birthday cake and flowers. Directions: Located at the intersection of Washington Avenue and South Union Street in downtown Montgomery, across the street from the State Capitol. FREE admission. 334-215-0078, www.firstwhitehouse.org


SC-Oakley Park Living History - Saturday, January 20, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Oakley Park Museum, 300 Columbia Road, Edgefield SC. Living history at historic Oakley Park. Skirmish, cooking demonstrations, period reenactors, lectures, house tours, etc. Oakley Park was once the home of Confederate Brigadier General Martin W. Gary. FREE admission. 803-663-7521


GA-Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration - Saturday, January 20, 10:45 am, First Baptist Church, 330 South Liberty Street, Milledgeville GA.  Annual event to celebrate the birthday of General Robert E. Lee. A parade through historic downtown Milledgeville will conclude at First Baptist Church. A speaker there will be Mr. Sam Hood, a descendant of Confederate General John B. Hood. Milledgeville is located on 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. 404-456-3393, timfpilgrim@yahoo.com


GA-Lee-Jackson Banquet at New Ebenezer - Saturday, January 20, 6:00 pm, New Ebenezer Retreat Center, 2887 Ebenezer Road, Rincon GA. Annual banquet near the birthdays of Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson featuring period music by “Shades of Grey” and a presentation by historian Steve Burke. The evening will include door prizes and a raffle. Banquet tickets: $20.00 each. 912-842-2984.


GA-30th Annual Lee-Jackson Dinner - Saturday, January 20, 7:00 pm, Philologia Masonic Lodge #178, 1005 Milstead Avenue, Conyers GA. You are invited to attend the annual event to honor Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Guest speaker will be Scott Gilbert, Georgia Division Commander for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Preferred dress code is “Sunday best” or period attire. Conyers is located on 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). Tickets: $20.00; reservations must be received by January 12. 770-540-7636, confederatesteve1861@yahoo.com  


SC-Civil War Encampment & Candlelight Tour - Saturday, January 27, 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox Street, Lexington SC. You are invited to visit with living historians for a Civil War Encampment and Candlelight Tour. Saturday morning and afternoon will feature displays of uniforms, weapons, equipment and other items of Civil War soldiers and civilians. Living historians will participate in drill demonstrations, talks and presentations on life as a soldier. Saturday night will feature a candlelight tour depicting the lives and stories of local soldiers and civilians. This year’s focus is on the aftermath of the war and the rebuilding of homes and lives. There will be two tours, at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Museum admission: Adults $5.00, Children $2.00. Candlelight tour tickets: Adults $5.00, Children ages 12 and under are free with an adult. 803-359-8369, www.lex-co.sc.gov/departments/DeptIQ/museum/Pages/index.aspx


AL-A Day in the Life of a Confederate Soldier - Saturday, January 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island AL. This event showcases the day to day life of a Confederate soldier while on duty at Fort Gaines. 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. There will also be demonstrations of military drills and training as well as the firing of the cannon and other daily duties. The fort’s museum and gift shop will also be open. Admission: Adults (ages 13+) $8.00, Children (ages 5 to 12) $4.00. 251-861-6992, http://dauphinisland.org/


GA-Civil War Sharpshooters - Saturday, January 27, 11:00 to 11:30 am, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park GA. With heritage dating back to Europe, the American sharpshooter has been a vital component of every American conflict. This program will discuss the history of the sharpshooter and the role these men played during the Civil War and in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. 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-Annual North Georgia Lee-Jackson Dinner - Saturday, January 27, 6:30 pm, American Legion Post 160, 160 Legion Drive SE, Smyrna GA. You are invited to a special dinner event to honor Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. This year's keynote speaker is Scott Gilbert, Commander of the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. His topic will be “Robert E. Lee: Husband and Father.” The dinner buffet will feature London Broil Beef, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Parmesan Crusted Flounder and seasonable vegetables with salad and dessert. We will conduct a drawing to award door prizes. Tickets: $35.00. Deadline: January 13th. 770-787-9313, babrand31@att.net


GA-Augusta Lee-Jackson Banquet - Saturday, January 27, 7:00 pm, Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road, Augusta GA. Annual dinner banquet to honor Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The featured speaker will be historian David Moncus. Tickets: $12.00. Reservations required. 706-855-1895


GA- Historic New Manchester Mill History Hike - Saturday & Sunday, January 27 & 28, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This hike follows Sweetwater Creek to the historic five-story Civil War era New Manchester mill with a Park Ranger. We will go inside the mill, situated alongside the lovely rapids (up to class IV+) of the creek. This walking tour requires a moderate mile-long hike. Saturday the 27th from 10:00 to 11:30 am, Sunday the 28th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA- Guided Assault Trail Hike - Sunday, January 28, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park GA. Learn more about the fateful Union assault on Cheatham Hill during this ranger-led hike. This trail is one mile, round trip, and is classified as easy to moderate. Hike will be begin from the Illinois Monument at Cheatham Hill. This is an outdoor activity, so please dress and accordingly. The event will also be cancelled due to inclement weather. 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-“Bark in the Park” Dog Hike - Sunday, January 28, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. Walk the beautiful trails of the park with your four-legged companion. We'll enjoy a guided hike by a park ranger alongside the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and view the New Manchester Mill that was burned by Federal soldiers during the Civil War. Reservations required. Meet outside the Visitor's Center. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-Big Cities, Small Towns: An Overview of DeKalb’s Communities - Tuesday, January 30, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, DeKalb History Center, Old DeKalb County Courthouse, 101 East Court Square, Decatur GA. The DeKalb History Center’s “Lunch & Learn” program for January is an overview of DeKalb County’s rich history of communities. Fred Mobley, DeKalb History Center Archivist, will utilize resources from the Center’s Archives and collections to share the rich history of its villages, towns, neighborhoods and cities. “DeKalb County was the birthplace of that upstart little village Atlanta, which was still a collection of shacks years after Decatur was a cultured county seat,” from “The History of DeKalb County, Georgia 1822-1900” by Vivian Price. So grab a bag lunch and come learn about the rich history of communities in DeKalb County during the 19th century. The DeKalb History Center is located inside the Old DeKalb County Courthouse along the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®, at interpretive marker # 28 (www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html). FREE admission. 404-373-1088, http://dekalbhistory.org/


GA-Full (or Almost Full) Moon Hikes - Tuesday through Thursday, January 30 through February 1, 5:30 to 7:30 pm each evening, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This 1.5-mile hike is moderately difficult and goes to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek. A flashlight and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required. No children under 6 or dogs. Meet inside the Visitor’s Center. Reservations required; hikes to be cancelled if raining. Admission: $6.00 plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek