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GA-Avenue of Flags at Andersonville - June 29 through July 11, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, Andersonville National Cemetery, GA Hwy. 49, Andersonville GA. The Avenue of Flags is a display of American flags arrayed on both sides of the principal avenue that leads from the main entrance into Andersonville National Cemetery. The Avenue of Flags reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags. It is arrayed five times each year for several days around various national holidays and events. FREE admission. 229-924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm


AL-151st U.S. Army Detachment Band Performance at Fort Morgan - Monday, July 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. The 151st U.S. Army Detachment Band will perform a number of patriotic tunes in recognition of Independence Day. Admission: Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/


AL-Tuesday Evening Fort Morgan Tours - Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 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 each Tuesday evening 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, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/


SC-Independence Day at Hightower Hall - Wednesday, July 4, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. Our 1850’s Independence Day celebration will include many activities to honor the holiday as our Carolina Piedmont ancestors did long ago. There will be historic cooking demonstrations, children’s military drills, toys and games and much more. Young and old will be amazed when we launch a tissue paper hot air balloon high into the sky! The program will climax with the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the front steps of Hightower Hall. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children (ages 4 to 17) $5.00. 803-684-2327, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


GA-Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation - July 6, 11 & 14, 7:00 to 8:30 pm each evening, Hofwyl-Broadfield State Historic Site, 5556 U.S. Hwy. 17 North, Brunswick GA. Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, explore the slave cabins and out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low Country rice fields. Admission: $15.00. 912-264-7333, http://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation


GA-Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration at A. H. Stephens - Saturday, July 7, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, A. H. Stephens State Park, 456 Alexander Street NW, Crawfordville GA. Activities include a bicycle parade, plus old-time games such as sack races, three-legged races, water relay, water balloon toss and a paddle board race. Also visit the Stephens “Liberty Hall” home and Civil War museum. Admission: $2.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 706-456-2602, http://gastateparks.org/AHStephens


GA-Civil War Militia for Kids - Saturday, July 7, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Richmond Hill Historical Museum, 11460 Ford Avenue, Richmond Hill GA. Experience life as a Civil War soldier! Participants in grades 5th through 12th will enlist as Georgia Militia with a historical interpreter in period clothing who will lead them through the Savannah area’s Civil War history. Students will experience interactive demonstrations and participatory activities that may include wooden musket drill, marching practice, Signal Corps training and more! Registration fee: $12.00 per child. www.richmondhillhistoricalsociety.com/store/p55/Civil_War_Militia_for_Kids.html


GA-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, July 7, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Indian Springs State Park, 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla GA. Learn about the history of Indian Springs and how much this area has changed over the years. Take a tour of the park’s museum, sample the spring water and spend the day at Indian Springs State Park. A portion of General Sherman’s army camped overnight at Indian Springs during their March to the Sea: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf. Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-504-2277, http://gastateparks.org/IndianSprings


GA-Pickett’s Mill Guided Battlefield Tours - Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Enjoy a guided battlefield tour of one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields in the country! The tours are family friendly, and pet friendly (with a 6-foot leash). You'll be guided by the park historian along original, historic roads to both combat zones of the battle, see Union and Confederate trenches, the Pickett residence and mill site, a Union artillery emplacement, and walk into the ravine where the bloodiest fighting took place. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. Admission: Adults $5.50, Seniors (ages 62+) $3.50, Children (ages 6 to 17) $3.00; the tour is included in the price of admission! 770-443-7850, http://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


GA-Civil War Prison Camps - Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 pm, Roberts School, 4681 School Street, Acworth GA.  Joe Bozeman, President of the Kennesaw Historical Society, will speak on the history of POW Camps during the Civil War. FREE admission. https://www.kennesawhistoricalsociety.org/


AL-The Seven Days Battles - Thursday, July 12, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. Doug Crenshaw will speak on the topic “The Seven Days Battles” during the monthly meeting of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table. FREE admission. Come at 5:30 to partake of the chicken buffet/salad bar offered by the Elks for $8.95. 256-425-7298, www.tvcwrt.org


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, July 14, 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. 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/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


GA-Geology Hike to Manchester Mill - Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. Geologist John Johnston will lead a moderate 2-mile hike identifying rocks and explaining how and when they formed. He will also explain the tectonic events that forced the rock units to be faulted and folded. There will also be a visit to the ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester Mill alongside the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, July 14, 10:30 & 11:30 am, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Learn about the Civil War through programs featuring living historians firing a reproduction Civil War cannon. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the Chickamauga Campaign historic driving route portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Chicago Board of Trade Battery: The “Futures” Past - Saturday, July 14, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. On July 6, 1862, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln made a call for 300,000 additional soldiers. C.T. Wheeler, president of the Chicago Board of Trade, called a general meeting of the Board to pledge their money and influence toward recruiting a unit of soldiers. This action was designed to demonstrate the commercial leadership of Chicago, “…firing the patriotism of commercial America until the nation felt its assuring influence.” This unit would be known as the Board of Trade Battery, a horse artillery unit. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the Chickamauga Campaign historic driving route portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, July 15, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 GA Hwy. 155 SW, Stockbridge GA. Learn about Panola Mountain's rich history through hands-on living history demonstrations at the Parker House that depict everyday family life during years prior to the Civil War. Participate in activities including candle making, butter churning, cooking, making rag dolls and other period games, all from guides in historic period clothing. Stockbridge is located on the “Right Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-march-to-the-sea.html. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. Reservations recommended. 770-389-7801, http://gastateparks.org/PanolaMountain


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Sundays, July 15 & 29, 11:00 to 4:00 pm each day, Front field near the Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Artillery demonstrations show visitors the steps taken to fire cannon during the Civil War. Each program lasts 30 to 40 minutes and includes an explanation of the role of artillery during the Atlanta Campaign and 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. Visitors are encouraged to maintain close control of their pets during firing, as it can be loud, and please prepare small children for the sudden burst of sound. 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-A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War - Monday, July 16, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Dr. Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh, co-author of “A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War,” will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


GA-Junior Ranger Camp at Fort McAllister - Monday through Friday, July 16 through 20, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm daily, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. This Junior Ranger Camp is meant for older junior rangers, ages 10 to 12. Junior Rangers will discover more about Georgia’s great history, march through the woods and marshes, learn about the environment, paddle canoes on our rivers, and become stewards of Georgia's natural and environmental wonders! 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/ga-march-to-the-sea.html. Registration: $100.00.  912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


SC-Why Did They Wear That? - Tuesday, July 17, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. Chemises, petticoats and sontags, oh my! We will investigate all those layers and others to see how fashion and practicality dictated what our ancestors wore. Explore the many aspects of 18th and 19th century life for the Bratton family and others in the Carolina Piedmont. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children (ages 4 to 17) $5.00. 803-684-2327, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


AL-Living History at Confederate Memorial Park - Saturday, July 21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Confederate Memorial Park, 437 County Road 63, Marbury AL. Please join us at Confederate Memorial Park for our Living History program. Members of the 33rd Alabama Infantry will be on duty at our Civil War Camp of Instruction site all day giving demonstrations and answering questions on soldier life during the war. Admission: Adults $4.00, Students, Seniors & Retired Military $3.00, Children (ages 6 to 18 with adult) $1.00, Active Military are free. 205-755-1990, http://preserveala.org/confederatepark


GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, July 21, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The public is invited to bring their bicycles and join in a leisurely-paced historical ride. 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 18, September 15 and October 20. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the Chickamauga Campaign historic driving route portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 423-752-5213 ext. 139, kim_coons@nps.gov


GA-Expedition to Washington (GA) - Saturday, July 21, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Atlanta to Washington, and return. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation invites you to discover the historic homes and sites of Washington, Georgia. Historic and hospitable, Washington boasts a picturesque town square and an abundance of beautifully restored antebellum homes. Guests will enjoy lunch from their choice of participating downtown eateries with a $10 lunch voucher that is included in the ticket price. The expedition ends with a special closing reception with drinks and hors d’oeurves at Peacewood Plantation before returning to Atlanta. Washington is located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/index.html. Tickets: $30.00 to $70.00. 404-881-9980, www.georgiatrust.org/tours-events/expeditions/


GA-Civil War Music Program - Sunday, July 22, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park GA. Music during the Civil War served many functions. Not only did it help to organize and rally, but also went a long way to boost morale among the soldiers. Join musician and living historian K.D. Sellers as she demonstrates this using the fife. 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


AL-Hood’s Texas Brigade - Monday, July 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, University of South Alabama, 307 North University Boulevard, Mobile AL. Dr. Susannah Ural from the University of Southern Mississippi will speak on "Hood's Texas Brigade" during the monthly meeting of the Mobile, Alabama War Between the States / Civil War Roundtable. Meeting is in the cafeteria conference room in the dorm area. FREE admission. www.facebook.com/groups/1428716707246996/permalink/1646628392122492/?comment_id=1646658935452771&reply_comment_id=1646797425438922¬if_id=1526976474318431¬if_t=group_comment_mention


SC-A Rainbow of Colors - Tuesday, July 24, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. The 18th and 19th centuries were colorful times thanks to an abundance of plants and insects, too. Learn how textiles were dyed every color of the rainbow. Explore the many aspects of 18th and 19th century life for the Bratton family and others in the Carolina Piedmont. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children (ages 4 to 17) $5.00. 803-684-2327, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


SC-History Scavenger Hunt at the Heyward House - Friday, July 27, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, 70 Boundary Street, Bluffton SC. Come participate in our outdoor scavenger hunt and have a chance to win a prize by seeking out certain items on site and answering questions about the history of the house, town and state. On June 4, 1863, Union troops came along the May River and bombed the town. 75% of the town burned. Only eight homes and two churches survive today from the antebellum period, including the Heyward House. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children (ages 5 to 12) $5.00. 843-757-6293, www.heywardhouse.org


GA-Volunteer Work Day at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, July 28, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Lend a helping hand by assisting staff members with various projects such as housekeeping, gardening, decorating and by participating in special events. 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. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers will receive FREE admission for the day. 478-986-5172, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


SC-“Puttin’ Up” - Tuesday, July 31, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC.

When the summer harvest produces an abundance of food it’s time for “puttin’ up.” Learn about food preservation before freezers and modern canning techniques. Explore the many aspects of 18th and 19th century life for the Bratton family and others in the Carolina Piedmont. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children (ages 4 to 17) $5.00. 803-684-2327, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville