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GA-“Georgia Monuments” - Thursday, March 2, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Author Gould Hagler will speak during the monthly meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. Admission: $5.00; first-time guests are free.,

GA-Soldier and Civilian Life During the Civil War and Candlelight Tours - Friday & Saturday, March 3 & 4, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm daily, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Learn about the life of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. See civilian and military “living history” demonstrations. Later each night, participate in guided interpretive tour. Relive the tense moments of the battle at Pickett’s Mill. Admission: $10.00, pre-registration required. 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,

SC-16th Annual Battle for Broxton Bridge Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, March 3 through 5, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Broxton Bridge Plantation, U.S. Hwy. 601, Ehrhardt SC. Living history and reenactment on the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Broxton Bridge. Living History Day for schoolchildren is Friday. Battle reenactments on part of the actual Civil War battlefield are at 2:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children (ages 6 to 17) $3.00. 800-437-4868,

AL-Road to Freedom Wagon Tour at Old Cahawba - Saturday, March 4, 10:00 am, Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Orrville (near Selma) AL. 100 years before the 1965 Voting Rights March focused on the Dallas County Courthouse in nearby Selma a brave community of recently emancipated African-Americans gathered around an older courthouse in Cahawba. This wagon tour tells the story of Cahawba’s African American majority and traces their path from slavery to freedom with a special emphasis on how they reshaped Cahawba as they pursued their dreams of equality. From 1819 to 1826 Cahawba served as Alabama’s first capital. Today the Alabama Historical Commission owns and operates this significant archaeological site. Welcome Center Address: 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, AL 36767. Fee: Adults $10.00, Children $8.00. 334-872-8058,

SC-In Sherman’s Path - Saturday, March 4, 1:30 pm, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Ms. Karen Stokes will speak about the plight of civilians in the path of Sherman’s army. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (16 & under) are free. 803-267-3675,

GA-Confederate Constitution - Friday, March 10, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Russell Special Collections Building, University of Georgia, 300 South Hull Street, Athens GA. The only surviving copy of the Confederate States Constitution will be on display. It was adopted on March 11, 1861. Due to this document’s fragility it is only exhibited one day each year. An exhibition examining slavery will also be on view through the Spring Semester. FREE admission. 706-542-0672,

AL-Spring Tea at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion - Friday, March 10, 2:00 to 5:00 pm, Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Springhill Avenue, Mobile AL. In conjunction with the Mobile Historic Homes Tour, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion will host a Spring Tea fundraiser. Guests are invited to enjoy delicious treats, tea, and an informal look at one of Mobile’s most beautiful antebellum homes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the continued restoration and operation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Tickets: Adults $15.00 in advance, $17.00 at the door; Children (12 & under) $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door. 251-471–6364,

AL-48th Historic Mobile Homes Tour - Friday & Saturday, March 10 & 11, 300 Leighton Place, Mobile, AL. The tour includes some of Mobile’s finest private historic homes rarely seen by the public. During the spring, Mobile is blooming with azaleas and camellias. Tickets: $25.00 in advance, $30.00 on site. 251-432-6161,

AL-Gainesville Civil War Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, March 10 through 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Gainesville AL. Smell the smoke, feel the thunder of the cannon, and watch the cavalry duel as Civil War re-enactors from gather to recreate historical clashes of the Civil War. Friday is “school day.” There will also be two memorial services: Saturday at the Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument and Sunday at the City Cemetery. FREE admission; donations encouraged. 205-652-3447,

AL-Civil War Living History at Tannehill Ironworks - Saturday, March 11, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla AL. Civil War living history event. Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors $4.00 (ages 62+), Children (ages 6 to 11) $3.00. 205-477-5711,

GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, March 11, 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).

SC-The Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, Rankin Plantation, 4789 East Old Marion Hwy., Florence SC. The Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel depicts an encounter that occurred on March 5, 1865 when 500 Federal soldiers marched into the Florence area to destroy the railroad depot. They were met by Confederate soldiers and 400 area home guards. The Rankin Plantation includes a beautiful antebellum home, with 22 Greek-style, Doric columns on three sides. Events include “battles” on both days, a Saturday night dance, Sunday morning church service and more. Admission: Adults $10.00, Students (ages 12 to 18) $5.00.

GA-Living History Weekend at Andersonville - Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, Andersonville National Historic Site, GA Hwy. 49, Andersonville GA. Andersonville National Historic Site hosts its annual Civil War Living History Weekend, offering visitors the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what life was like at Camp Sumter, the infamous military prison near Andersonville. Civil War period living historians will portray Union prisoners, Confederate guards and civilians. A variety of programs will be offered on both days, including guard drill and artillery demonstrations. Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. FREE admission. 229 924-0343,

GA-Shoupade Park and the Unfinished Silver Comet Trail - Saturdays, March 11 & 18, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 4770 Oakdale Road, Smyrna GA. Explore Cobb County’s Civil War Shoupade Park with historian Michael Shaffer and the adjacent unfinished Silver Comet Trail. Learn about the River Line Historic Area’s six-mile Master Plan embracing historic and natural resources along the Chattahoochee River uniting Vinings, Smryna and Mableton. FREE admission.

AL-42nd Annual Historic Selma Pilgrimage - Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18, Selma AL. Join us for Selma’s 42nd Historic Pilgrimage. Belles and blossoms will grace the city as Alabama’s largest historic district opens its doors to sites rarely seen. The Pilgrimage offers visitors a chance to experience hands-on history through guided tours of antebellum homes, museums and more. Admission charged. 334-412-8550,

AL-Park Day at Historic Blakeley State Park - Saturday, March 18, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, Historic Blakeley State Park, 34745 Alabama Hwy. 225, Spanish Fort AL. Annual volunteer work day sponsored by the Civil War Trust, normally in early April but moved-up at Blakeley in order to prepare for our annual Civil War reenactment. This is a hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail building. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and brush clearing tools if you have them. Water and snacks will be provided. FREE admission. 251-626-0798,

GA-2017 Annual Civil War Symposium: Longstreet to Redemption – Saturday, March 18, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Room 400, Kennesaw GA. Join us for our annual Civil War Symposium at the KSU Center! “Longstreet to Redemption” will feature presentations about Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet by Dr. Keith Bohannon, Dr. Brian S. Wills, and historian/author Jeffry D. Wert. Admission: $5.00. 470-578-2551,

SC-Step Back in Time: Colonel Henry Middleton Rutledge - Saturday, March 18, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, 1950 Rutledge Road, McClellanville SC. This year our annual “Step Back in Time” event is going to focus on Colonel Henry Middleton Rutledge. It will cover from his military service with the 25th North Carolina Infantry to his pursuit of holding onto Hampton Plantation through the years of Reconstruction and the declining profitability of rice culture. Visitors will be able to engage with reenactors from the 25th North Carolina Infantry, hear the story of the tenant farmers of Hampton as they made the journey from slavery to freedom, participate in farming demonstrations, learn about the different economic activities taking place on the plantation, and tour the historic mansion house! Admission: $15.00/person. 843-546-9361,

GA-Reconsidering Braxton Bragg - Saturday, March 18, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Visitor Center, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. You are invited to participate in a ranger-led program in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s birth. Participants will be asked to reconsider what has been said about the general for many years. This program will begin at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center and will car caravan to Bragg’s Headquarters. Supportive shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather, water, portable chairs and insect repellant are recommended. FREE admission. 706-866-9241,

AL-43rd Annual Piney Woods Arts Festival - Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, Enterprise State Community College, Enterprise AL. One of the oldest juried arts and crafts shows in the state, it features original art and crafts, a children’s fun center, food and entertainment. Special events include a Civil War Living Display and the Weevil City Cruisers Car and Truck Show (Saturday only). Hours: Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. FREE admission. 334-406-2787,

AL-“Battle of the Clouds” - Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Cheaha State Park, AL Hwy. 281, Delta AL. Come to Cheaha State Park for a reenactment of the Civil War's "Battle Above the Clouds," part of the siege of Chattanooga. Ladies tea on Saturday at 10:00 am; battles each day at 2:00 pm, camp dance Saturday evening, church service at 10:00 am on Sunday. Admission: $5.00. 256-396-2802,

GA-An Evening With Ed Bearss - Monday, March 20, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service and America's most renown battlefeld guide, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table about his continuing efforts to bring our nation's history alive for new generations. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909,

GA-82nd Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens - Thursday through Sunday, March 23 through 26, Savannah GA. The Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens offers a rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah’s finest private homes and admire the special furnishings that have been treasured by families for generations but seldom seen by visitors. In addition to home and garden walking tours, you can also enjoy some exclusive special events as well as some of the best food and hospitality the South has to offer. Admission charged.

GA-An Evening with the Generals - Friday, March 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA.  RiverBlast 2017 kicks off with an evening lecture featuring General Grant and General Lee discussing their individual relationships, as Army Commanders, with their respective Navies. Light refreshments will be available. FREE admission, donations encouraged. 706-327-9798,

AL-Miss Annie Wheeler’s Heirloom Plant Sale - Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Pond Spring, 12280 AL Hwy. 20, Hillsboro AL. Visit Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Home, and take home a piece of his daughter’s historic garden. Special to the sale are boxwood propagated from the English Dwarf variety that Miss Annie planted on site nearly 100 years ago. Other plants available for sale include English ivy, vinca, daffodils, irises, daylilies, spider lilies and more – all harvested from the historic gardens. Proceeds help fund future restoration efforts on the Wheeler home and 50-acre site. Admission: Adults $8.00, Students, Seniors (65+) and Military $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 18) $3.00. 256-637-8513,

AL-Wilcox Historical Society Spring Tour of Homes - Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Camden AL. Join us for a tour of the area’s most loved antebellum homes. This year’s theme is “A Tour Around The River’s Bend” as we open homes in Canton Bend, Possum Bend, Sedan and Camden. We'll also have Canton Bend Church, Wilcox Female Institute and The Dale Masonic Lodge open. Quilts created by local artists will be available to view at The Wilcox Female Institute. Tickets: $20.00, available at Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center and the Wilcox Area Chamber of Commerce. 334-682-9825,

GA-RiverBlast 2017 - Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, Saturday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 pm, National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA. Live entertainment, family activities, cannon firings and Civil War re-enactors. Patrons can expect kid’s games, black powder weapons demonstrations, cutlass drills and much more. Vendors will be on hand offering food, drink and merchandise, and guests can also tour the museum. Admission: Adults $7.50, Military/Seniors $6.50, Students $6.00, Children ages 6 and under are free. 706-327-9798,

GA-Hood’s Other Battles for Atlanta: Peach Tree Creek & Ezra Church - Thursday through Saturday, March 30 to April 1, based in Marietta GA. A two-day tour (on Friday & Saturday) of two Atlanta Campaign battles with an orientation dinner on Thursday evening. Led by Robert D. Jenkins and Norman Dasinger, Jr. Registration: $325.00. 800-298-1861,’s-other-battles-atlanta-peach-tree-creek-and-ezra-church

SC-70th Annual Prince George Plantation & Town House Tours - Friday & Saturday, March 31 & April 1, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm daily, 300 Broad Street, Georgetown SC. Visitors are able to tour many privately-owned colonial and antebellum homes and plantations. A different group of homes on tour each day. Visitors are also invited to the Winyah Indigo Society Hall for tea each afternoon from 3:30 until 5:30 pm. Home baked goods, original framed art from local artists, books and our award winning cookbook, Plantation Tours and Tastes, will be available for sale. Admission: $45.00 per day or $80 for both days. 843-545-8291,

AL-52nd Annual Eufaula Pilgrimage - Friday through Sunday, March 31 through April 2, Eufaula AL.  Beautiful homes, built when “cotton was king,” will be open to visitors during this nostalgic return to the Old South. Grand antebellum and Victorian mansions built by 19th-century planters and merchants still house precious symbols of a bygone era.  Most of the homes are private residences, open only during the Pilgrimage.  As you stroll from Greek Revival cottages to Italianate showplaces your path will be lined with colorful azaleas and dogwoods, beautifully landscaped gardens and manicured parkways.  Southern belles in hoops and bustles will grace the area and greet you warmly as you pass.  An open-air art exhibit, gardens, afternoon teas, candlelight tours, musical entertainment and more complement the Pilgrimage experience.  Admission charged to tour homes. 334-687-3793,