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AL-Salute to American Independence - Saturday, July 1, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Historical interpreters dressed in uniforms from different eras of the fort’s occupation will conduct special guided tours throughout the day. Additionally, artillery, small arms and other presentations will demonstrate the complexities of military garrison life at Fort Morgan. 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,

GA-Independence Day Celebration and BBQ - Saturday, July 1, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. See demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and chores, participate in crafts activities, hear the Declaration of Independence at noon, and partake in outdoor games and races at 12:30. In addition to these festivities, enjoy fresh barbecue, hot dogs, and savory sides for an additional fee. 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-“What’s in a Name?”: Exploring Some of the Unique Names in the Battle of Chickamauga - Saturday, July 1, 2:00 to 2:45 pm, Visitor Center, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Participants will visit places associated with some of the strange and unusual names you see around Chickamauga Battlefield Park. Just during a short drive through the battlefield you pass a series of names and words that leave you wondering about their stories. Who was August Willich? What was the Orphan Brigade, what did Lytle do to get a hill named after him? To find out the answer to these questions and to hear even more join us for this special tour. FREE admission. 706-866-9241,

GA-Gordon-Lee Mansion Summer Tours - Saturdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 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,

SC-Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art - July 1 through 29, 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,

GA-“The Shadow of Nat Turner”: Remembering One Rebellion, While Waging Another - Sunday, July 2, 2:00 to 2:45 pm, Visitor Center, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. This program will explore the impact the 1831 slave insurrection, led by Nat Turner, had on the South and how the echoes of that event were still being felt on the battlefield of Chickamauga over three decades later. Nat Turner’s Revolt was the stuff of nightmares for slaveholders across the South. The thoughts of enslaved men breaking the chains of bondage and fighting for their freedom created a culture of fear that finally boiled over into the events leading to the outbreak of the Civil War. To hear some of the stories of how the revolt affected a number of men who fought in the Battle of Chickamauga, please join a park ranger for a short drive onto the battlefield. FREE admission. 706) 866-9241,

GA-Cool History 2017- July 4 through 28, each Tuesday through Friday, 1:00 pm, National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA. Guests can expect fun and informative gallery tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays, members of the staff will give a lecture about artifacts or certain events concerning the navies of the Civil War. Fridays are reserved for family fun time. This will include activities fun for all ages, such as hands on demonstrations, trivia games, and scavenger hunts. Cool History will have something for everyone from serious history enthusiasts to leisure visitors looking for a place to spend an afternoon. Admission: Adults $7.50, Seniors & Military $6.50, Students $6.00. 706-327-9798,

GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, July 8, 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, July 8, 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-Civil War on the Home Front - Saturday, July 8, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Root House Museum and Garden, 80 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta GA. Join us as we travel back to July 1864, when the Root family fled from Marietta, leaving their home to the advancing Union Army. Visit the disheveled parlor and dining room to see what the family may have left behind after rushing to leave. Head outside to meet with Union soldiers as they take over the house, constructing a headquarters and attempting to recruit new soldiers. Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors (65+), Students & Military $6.00. 770-426-4982,

GA-Behind the Scenes Tour - Saturdays, July 8 & 22, 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, July 9, 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-Cheatham Hill Guided History Walks - Sundays, July 9 & 30, 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,

AL-Tuesday Evening Fort Morgan Tours - Tuesdays, July 11, 18 & 25, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Vignettes of Fort Morgan’s Civil War history are brought to life on three Tuesday evenings in July. Historical interpreters, portraying members of the garrison, tell about the lives of the soldiers during the fort’s most turbulent years. Demonstrations of Civil War small arms drill will occur throughout the evening as well as the firing of one of the fort’s artillery pieces at the conclusion of the tour.  Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00, under age 6 & active military w/ ID are free. 251-540-7127,

GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, July 15, 9:30 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 August 19, September 16 and October 21. FREE admission. 423-752-5213 ext. 139,

SC-History of the Pest Houses and the Slave Dwelling Project - Saturday, July 15, 1:00 pm, Fort Moultrie National Monument, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island SC. Joseph McGill, Jr. will present a special program on the history of the pest houses on Sullivan’s Island, and the Slave Dwelling Project. The first pest house was built on Sullivan’s Island in 1707. Over the next 80 years four pest houses were located between Fort Moultrie and the western end of Sullivan’s Island. When ships arrived carrying infectious diseases their free or enslaved passengers were quarantined either aboard ship on in island pest houses. Later on, quarantine stations moved to James Island and in the 1830s to Morris Island. Admission: Adults $3.00, Seniors $1.00. 843-883-3123,

GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Saturdays & Sundays, July 15, 16, 29 & 30, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 & 3:00 pm each day, 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-The Court Martial of Fitz John Porter - Monday, July 17, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Matthew Borowick, columnist for The Civil War News, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table about the “Court Martial of Fitz John Porter” who was blamed for the Federal army’s defeat at the Second Battle of Manassas. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909,

SC-54th Massachusetts Memorial Service - Tuesday, July 18, 2:45 pm, Departing for Morris Island from the Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston SC.  A memorial service will be held on Morris Island, the site of the July 18, 1863 attack on Battery Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (as portrayed in the movie "Glory"). Hurricanes have since leveled the site of the sand fort the 54th assaulted, but bones of the brave men who fought on both sides that day still rest in the sand hills of the island where they were buried. The beach and conditions on the island are nearly identical in appearance to that day. Human bones were found in 1989 following Hurricane Hugo, often showing the marks of bone saws used by surgeons. Many soldiers were buried on the now eroded beach, but others were buried in the dunes of the Island. One man died for every yard of the Island taken by the Federal army in 1863. The Star of the West Battery was also located along this section of beach, from which Citadel Cadets fired shots against a Federal supply ship in January 1861. Tickets for the boat ride required to reach Morris Island are $30.00. Contact Donald West: 843-760-9029,

GA-Summer Youth Camp 2017: A Call to Arms, Preserving Our Past - Tuesday through Friday, July 18 through 21, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm each day, Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Children in grades 4 to 6 are invited to participate in our 7th annual summer camp entitled "A Call to Arms: Preserving our Past." The camp will begin each day at 9:00 am and end at 1:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Participants will begin and end each day at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Lunch is NOT included. The majority of the camp is held outdoors, so please plan accordingly. Campers will have opportunities to participate in many of the same activities soldiers engaged in during the Civil War and learn about the struggles they endured. They will also take part in other activities focused on the park’s varied history, from American Indians to present day. Campers will also learn the importance of battlefield preservation by participating in preservation efforts within the park. Camp participation is limited, so register as soon! Registration deadline for camp is July 14. Contact Park Ranger Chris Young: 423- 752-5213 x117. Printable registration forms, an e-registration form, and photo release forms are available at

GA-Bus Tour to Historic Milledgeville - Saturday, July 22, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Decatur to Milledgeville GA and return. Join the DeKalb History Center (DHC) for an excursion from metro Atlanta to historic Milledgeville, Georgia’s Civil War era capital city. Your day will include guided tours of Georgia’s 1839 Old Governor’s Mansion and of Andalusia Farm, the home of Flannery O’Connor. We’ll travel by chartered bus; lunch and admission fees are included. Advance tickets (for non-DHS members): $95.00, increases to $110.00 after July 12th. 404-373-1088 ext. 20,

GA-3rd Annual Civil War Center Collectors Showcase - Saturday, July 22, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, KSU Center 400, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw GA. Come see rare and highly collectible items from the Civil War. Meet some of the country’s top collectors and listen to their presentations on some of their unique items. Admission: $5.00. 470-578-2551,

GA-Streight’s Foiled Raid on the Western & Atlantic Railroad - Monday, July 24, 7:30 pm, Second Baptist Church of New Hope, Dallas-Acworth Highway @ Bobo Road, Dallas GA. Dr. Brandon H. Beck will be speaking on his latest book, “Streight’s Foiled Raid on the Western & Atlantic Railroad.” FREE admission.

GA-Artillery Program at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, July 29, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Learn about the Civil War through programs that feature living historians firing reproduction Civil War cannon. Programs take place at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. FREE admission. 423-752-5213,