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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,

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,

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.,

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,

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,

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® ( 770-427-4686, (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,

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,

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®. ( FREE admission. 404-456-3393,

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®. ( $20.00; reservations must be received by January 12. 770-540-7636,