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GA-“Civil War Generals: Comrades, Peers, Rivals in Their Own Words” - Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Robert Girardi will speak during the monthly meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. Admission: $5.00; first-time guests are free.,

SC-Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art - June 1 through 30, 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-Cool History 2017- June 1 through 30, 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-153rd Battle of Pickett’s Mill Commemoration - Friday & Saturday, June 2 & 3, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Witness artillery and musket firing demonstrations. Learn what it was like being a soldier at this battle. See how civilians were affected during this battle. Finish the afternoon with a guided interpretive hike on the actual battlefield. Pickett’s Mill was one of the few battles won by Confederates during the Atlanta Campaign. Admission: $3.00 to $5.50. Directions: Five miles northeast of Dallas off GA Hwy. 381 on Mount Tabor Church Road, accessed by Dallas-Acworth Road or Due West Road, or follow the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® roadway “trailblazer” signs from the New Hope community. From I-20 take Exit #44 (Thornton Road). 770-443-7850,

GA-National Trails Day at the Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, June 3, 8:30 am to 12:00 noon, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Volunteer trail workers are needed on National Trails Day. Interested persons should meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Tools and supplies will be provided, and all volunteers are asked to wear long pants with sturdy, close-toed shoes. FREE admission. If you plan to volunteer please RSVP: 423-752-5213 x137,  

SC-Hike with a Ranger at Rivers Bridge - Saturday, June 3, 9:00 am, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Experience the natural beauty of our hiking trails while learning about the trials of a Civil War soldier and how the landscape impacted the defense of the Salkehatchie River during February of 1865. Meet at the site’s Community Building. Remember to bring water, insect repellent and comfortable clothing. FREE admission. 803-267-3675,  

SC-National Trail Day Hike - Saturday, June 3, 10:30 am, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, Ehrhardt SC. A ranger led hike down nature and battlefield trails. Meet at Community Building. FREE admission. 803-267-3675,

GA-Hike to Battery Wymberly - Saturday, June 3, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Wormsloe State Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road, Savannah GA. Join up with a costumed park ranger on a 3-mile hike to Battery Wymberly, one of the most pristine remaining Civil War era Confederate earthworks. Learn about Wormsloe’s Civil War history and see the beautiful battery trail. Admission: $2.00 to $10.00. 912-353-3023,

GA- Artillery Programs at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, June 3, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA.  Chickamauga Battlefield will conduct artillery programs lasting approximately 30 minutes each, at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm near Tour Stop 3, along Poe Road. Follow the “Special Event” signs to the program site. On September 20, 1863, Confederates under the command of Braxton Bragg attacked Union positions all along LaFayette Road. Employing artillery as an offensive weapon, the Confederates were able to break the Union line, and Confederate shells rained down on the retreating Union soldiers. The park will host these artillery demonstrations highlighting the role of cannon in supporting the Confederate attack. FREE admission. 706-866-9241,

GA- General Braxton Bragg: Panel Discussion and Battlefield Tour - Saturday, June 3, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. A special panel discussion and battlefield tour will occur focusing on General Braxton Bragg, commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Presenting their views about the leadership of General Bragg will be three Bragg scholars: Earl Hess, Robert Carter and David A. Powell. A one-hour panel begins at 11:00 am, followed by a two-hour car caravan tour about General Bragg beginning at 1:00 pm. Both programs start inside the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. The presenters will also conduct book signings inside the bookstore at various times throughout the day. FREE admission. 706-866-9241,

SC-Summer Soiree - Saturday, June 3, 6:00 to 9:30 pm, Newberry Community Hall, 1207 Caldwell Street, Newberry SC. You are cordially invited to a delightful evening of Victorian dancing! Light refreshments will be provided at the dance and there are a number of nearby restaurants where you can enjoy dinner before the event. Tickets: $30.00, must be purchased in advance. 803-276-3193,

GA-Behind the Scenes Tour - Saturdays, June 3 & 17, 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-Gordon-Lee Mansion Summer Tours - Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24, 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,

GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday, June 4, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 & 3:00 pm, 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-Dedication of “Hester’s Ferry” and “Chenault” Interpretive Markers - Tuesday, June 6, 11:00 am, Hester’s Ferry Campground, 1864 Graball Road, near Tignall GA. The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for Lincoln County’s two Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive markers. Both markers are parts of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail. Hester’s Ferry is where Jefferson Davis and his escort first entered Georgia in May 1865 after crossing the Savannah River. Chennault is the community where the Confederate treasury disappeared. FREE admission.


AL-Tuesday Evening Fort Morgan Tours - Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 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 June. 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-Full Moon Night Hike at Camp Lawton - Friday, June 9, 8:00 to 10:00 pm, Magnolia Springs State Park, 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen GA. Explore the full moonlit night by using all of your senses while going on a Park Ranger led hike through the wooded trails of Magnolia Springs and Civil War Camp Lawton. Listen and look for Whippoorwills, owls, bats, and other creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. This is an easy 1 to 3 mile hike. Admission: $5.00/person plus $5.00 parking. 478-982-1660,

GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, June 10, 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-3rd Annual Camp McDonald Day - Saturday, June 10, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Camp McDonald Park, 2726 Watts Drive, Kennesaw GA. Visit Camp McDonald, site of Georgia’s largest military training camp during the Civil War. Witness living historians, artillery crews, tours of the site, lectures by historian Michael K. Shaffer and more! FREE admission.

SC-Music Under the Oaks with the Plantation Singers - Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, 1254 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant SC. Tap your shoes, clap your hands, and sing along to spirituals and sacred music of the South Carolina Lowcountry with the Plantation Singers. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs or a picnic blanket, sunscreen, and insect repellent. The Plantation Singers are a professional a cappella singing group renowned locally, national, and internationally for singing traditional music of the Lowcountry. FREE admission. 843-881-5516,

SC-Second Sunday Roll | Lower Richland - Sunday, June 11, 3:30 to 6:30 pm, Historic Columbia, 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia SC. Join Historic Columbia on an adventure though Lower Richland during the monthly Second Sunday Roll. This bus tour will depart from the Robert Mills Carriage House and travel past historic sites in this part of the Richland County, including Wavering Place Plantation, The Barber House, Congaree Baptist Church and several additional historic sites that date to the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Tickets: Adults $12.00, Youth $6.00. Space is limited. 803-252-1770 x23,

GA-Camp Lawton History Tour - Fridays, June 16 & 30, 7:30 to 9:00 pm each evening, Magnolia Springs State Park, 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen GA. Enjoy touring the grounds and fort of the largest Civil War prison, Camp Lawton. Learn about the history of the camp and the interesting lives of the men who occupied it. You will get to experience a black powder rifle demonstration and then tour the museum. Admission: $5.00/person plus $5.00 parking. 478-982-1660,

GA-2nd Annual Vince Dooley Leadership Seminar - Saturday, June 17, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, KSU Center, Room 400, 3333 Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw GA. Join us for the 2nd Annual Vince Dooley Leadership Seminar. With presentations by legendary Georgia Bulldogs football coach Vince Dooley, distinguished historian Craig Symonds, and Center Director Brian Wills, this seminar will consider aspects of leadership and leadership strategies during the Civil War and at D-Day, as well as what we can learn from them. A continental breakfast will be provided, including coffee and hot tea. Cost: $50.00/person. Participants must register in advance. Registration ends Thursday, June 15.

GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, June 17, 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 July 15, August 19, September 16 and October 21. FREE admission. 423-752-5213 ext. 139,

SC-Juneteenth Celebration at Mitchelville - Saturday, June 17, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fish Haul Park, 229 Beach City Road, Hilton Head SC. The annual celebration will highlight the art, food and music customs of the people of Mitchelville. Tickets: Adults $15.00, Students $10.00. 843-255-7301,

GA-Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery - Saturday, June 17, 12:00 noon, Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta GA. Originally celebrated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is a nationally-recognized commemorative day celebrating the abolishment of slavery in the Confederate south at the end of the Civil War. Please join us at Oakland Cemetery’s Bell Tower for African American burial record and descendant research, guided walking tours of Oakland Cemetery’s African American grounds, a cultural scavenger hunt for kids and more. FREE admission. 404-688-2107,

GA-Dublin Juneteenth Festival - Saturday, June 17, 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm, Stubbs Park, 100 South Drive, Dublin GA. The historic moment came on June 19, 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to issue General Order No. 3 officially freeing America’s final slaves. This date, known as Juneteenth, has since been celebrated as Black Independence Day by African Americans across the nation. We would like to extend an invitation for families to come out and celebrate. FREE admission. 478-272-4002,

GA-“Gone With the Wind” - Saturday, June 17, 2:00 pm, Kennesaw Depot, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw GA. Connie Sutherland, Director of the Marietta “Gone With the Wind” Museum, will speak about the museum's impressive collection connected to this classic Hollywood film. FREE admission.

GA-“The Dry Parched Earth”: The 58th North Carolina Infantry and the Assault on Snodgrass Hill - Saturday & Sunday,  June 17 & 18, Snodgrass Hill (Tour Stop 8), Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The public is invited to living history programs at Snodgrass Hill focusing on the experiences of the 58th North Carolina Infantry, a unit which participated in the attack on Snodgrass Hill. The story of Snodgrass Hill is often told from the perspective of the Union defenders under the command of George Thomas, who became known as the “Rock of Chickamauga.” However, the defense of Snodgrass Hill is only half of the story. At 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm on Saturday, and at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm on Sunday, living historians will share accounts and experiences of men from the 58th North Carolina, which suffered tremendous casualties as they stormed Snodgrass Hill late in the afternoon on September 20, 1863. Isaac Bailey, a Chickamauga survivor, later wrote that “the dry parched earth of Snodgrass Hill was never reddened with nobler blood.” FREE admission. 706-866-9241,

GA-New Manchester Days - Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This living history event will bring to life the New Manchester community that prospered up to the end of the Civil War. Visit a Civil War-era encampment, take a historical tour to the New Manchester Mill, and learn about Civil War-era uniforms and firearms during black powder demonstrations and infantry drilling. Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-732-5871,

GA-Did Lincoln Own Slaves? - Monday, June 19, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Dr. Gerald Prokopowicz, Chairman of the Department of History at East Carolina University, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table on the topic entitled “Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln.” Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909,

GA-Guided Tour of Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, June 24, 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-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, 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-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, 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-Cheatham Hill Guided History Walks - Sunday, June 25, 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,

GA-C.S.S. Hunley - Monday, June 26, 6:30 pm, Burke County Library Auditorium, 130 GA Highway 24, Waynesboro GA. The public is invited to hear Frank Lackman speak on the history of the C.S.S. Hunley, the Confederate submarine that was the first to sink an enemy warship, during the monthly meeting of the Brigadier General John C. Carter SCV Camp #207. FREE admission.

GA-Researching the Civil War - Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta GA. Historian Michael Shaffer will share basic Civil War genealogical research methods, including investigation of memoirs, regimental histories and auto-biographies. Attendees will also take a look at the myriad of websites offering information ranging from period newspapers to soldier service records. FREE admission.