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SC-First Day Hike at Rivers Bridge - Sunday, January 1, 10:00 AM, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Hike with a Ranger on the Nature Trail and receive a Battlefield Tour. Meet at the Community Center. FREE admission. 803-267-3675, rbridgesp@scprt.com


GA-First Day Hike at Magnolia Springs - Sunday, January 1, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Magnolia Springs State Park, 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen GA. What better way to start out the New Year than a beautiful easy guided hike down our wooded trails through the park and Camp Lawton, a Civil War prisoner of war encampment. Hikers will pass unique lime sinks and then along the lakeside before making the stroll back to the Visitor’s Center. You can choose to complete the first 1.5 miles or hike the entire route for a rewarding 3 miles. This is a dog friendly hike as long as they are on a leash! Admission: $5.00 parking. 478-982-1660, www.friendsofmagnoliaspringsstatepark.com 



SC-First Day Hike at Redcliffe Plantation - Sunday, January 1, 2:00 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


SC-Black and White: Plantation Scenes of South Carolina - January 1 through 31, The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston SC. Our exhibit, “Black and White: Plantation Scenes of South Carolina,” is open in our Lowcountry Image Gallery. The photographs in Black and White explore plantation scenes of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Once a major revenue source for the region’s wealthy elite, both rice and Sea Island cotton were grown and harvested with the use of enslaved labor. This unique existence between slave and owner required a close but vastly different lifestyle. The exhibit features images of the plantation houses, slave cabins, and the rice fields that once intertwined the lives of the black and white inhabitants of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Open Mondays through Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission: Adults $12.00, Youth (ages 13 to 17) $10.00, Children (ages 3 to 12) $5.00. 843-722-2996, www.charlestonmuseum.org/exhibits/current/26/black-and-white


AL-Fort Morgan Civil War Tours - Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 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, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-“Journey to the Wilderness” - Thursday, January 5, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Frye Gaillard 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-2017 Low Country Civil War Show & Sale - Saturday & Sunday, January 7 & 8, 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


GA-Civil War Reenacting - Saturday, January 14, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Nash Farm Battlefield, 100 Babbs Mill Road, Hampton GA. Attention to all who are interested in Civil War Reenacting. The 30th Georgia/30th Ohio reenactment regiment will have a living history encampment and "school of the soldier." If you are interested in possibly becoming a Civil War reenactor this is a perfect opportunity to learn more and ask questions. Come see how they train and experience camp life of the soldier. The Nash Farm Battlefield Museum will also be open for your enjoyment. FREE admission. 770-468-4313, www.henrycountybattlefield.com/


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, January 14, 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, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


GA-General James Longstreet Memorial Service and Reception - Sunday, January 15, 2:00 pm, Alta Vista Cemetery, 521 Jones Street, Gainesville GA. Graveside memorial service in honor of General James Longstreet. Reception to immediately follow at the Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple Street in Gainesville. Come together for this moving tribute. FREE admission. 770-539-9005, www.longstreet.org


SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Monday, January 16, 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 2017:

---January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

---February 18 to 20 – Presidents’ Day Weekend

---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, \www.nps.gov/fosu


GA-Free Admission Days at Fort Pulaski - Monday, January 16, 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 2017:

---January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

---February 18 to 20 – Presidents’ Day Weekend

---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, \www.nps.gov/fopu/index.htm


GA-Master of Lost Causes - Monday, January 16, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Dr. Robert Bonner, Chairman of the Department of History at Dartmouth College, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table on the life of Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


AL-Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration - Thursday, 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/


GA-Annual General Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration - Saturday, January 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site, 338 Jeff Davis Park Road, Irwinville GA. There will be a parade, a fine program, musket and artillery salutes plus refreshments. The parade will begin at 10:15 AM at the Irwinville Peanut and Grain Plant (at the intersection of GA Hwys. 125/32 and Jeff Davis Park Road in Irwinville) for the one mile trek to Jefferson Davis Memorial State Historic Site. Following the program at the site both infantry and artillery salutes will occur. Afterwards there will be a time of refreshments and fellowship. FREE admission. 229-921-7502


GA-Annual Lee-Jackson Banquet - Saturday, January 21, 5:00 pm, RJ’s Restaurant, South Main Street (U.S. Hwy. 301 South), Statesboro GA. Sons of Confederate Veterans Lieutenant Commander-in-Chief Paul Gramling will be the speaker at this year's Lee-Jackson Banquet, in honor of Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, hosted by the Ogeechee Rifles Camp #941. Tickets: $10.00, plus the cost of your meal. michaelanthonymull@gmail.com


GA-2017 Lee-Jackson Banquet - Saturday, January 21, 6:00 pm, Sarah’s in the City Restaurant, 1686 Golden Isles West (U.S. Hwy. 341 West), Baxley GA. You are cordially invited to attend this year’s banquet in Baxley to honor Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The principal speaker will be Dr. John E. Turrenline. A Confederate cavalry sword will be auctioned.  Tickets: $25.00, in advance. bbowers@atc.cc


GA-Annual Lee/Jackson Banquet - Saturday, January 21, 7:00 pm, New Ebenezer Retreat Center, 2887 Ebenezer Road, Rincon GA. Annual dinner banquet in Rincon area to honor Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Admission charged. 912-414-9321


GA-Waynesboro Lee-Jackson Banquet - Saturday, January 21, 7:00 pm, American Legion Building, Liberty Street, Waynesboro GA. Annual banquet to honor Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Great food and fellowship. Speaker will be Chaplain Bill Tinley. Admission: $10.00. 706-551-2045, tdlively@hotmail.com


AL-A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier - Saturday, January 28, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island AL. The Independent Rifles will showcase 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 be military drills and training as well as the firing of the cannon and other daily duties. The fort’s museum and gift shop will be open. Admission: Adults $8.00, Children (ages 5 to 12) $4.00. 251-861-6992, http://dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines/


GA-Annual North Georgia Lee-Jackson Dinner - Saturday, January 28, 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: “The Mighty Stonewall: Origins.” 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: Adults $35.00, Children (ages 13 & under) $25.00. Deadline: January 13th. 770-427-2449, sappjulia@bellsouth.net