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SC-The Battle of Anderson - Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Anderson County Museum, 202 East Greenville Street, Anderson SC. Historian Brian Scott is presenting an interesting program about the Battle of Anderson. By May 1, 1865, the Civil War was over and men were returning home. It was also May Day, a major event in town, and hundreds of people were gathered at Silver Brook Creek for the annual festivities. But by the end of the day the peace was shattered as violence and occupation came to the sleepy hamlet. FREE admission. 864-260-4737, https://andersoncountymuseum.org/


AL-Fort Morgan Guided Tours - Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31, 10:00 to 11:00 am, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 110 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Living history interpreters will take you on a guided tour of Fort Morgan. Admission to the fort: Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org


GA-Wilbur G. Kurtz: Historic Views of Cobb County - Wednesdays through Saturdays, May 2 through 31, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, William Root House Museum and Garden, 80 North Marietta Parkway NW. Marietta GA. A special exhibition featuring photos, research materials, and artwork from famed Atlanta historian Wilbur G. Kurtz. It features historic photos of some of Cobb County’s most recognizable landmarks, including the Lost Mountain Store, Kennesaw Mountain, and the Marietta Freight Depot. The exhibition will also include original artworks by Kurtz featuring Marietta's Rockford Plantation and a depiction of the Great Locomotive Chase. Items related to Kurtz's role as historian and technical advisor for “Gone With the Wind” will also be on display. Marietta is on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. Closed Memorial Day weekend. Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors (ages 65+), Students & Military $6.00. 770-426-4982, www.roothousemuseum.com/


GA-Georgia Military Institute Cadet Images - Thursday, May 3, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian David Vaughan 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/


GA-Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes & Gardens - Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, Madison GA. Historic Madison, renowned for one of Georgia’s largest National Register Historic Districts, will celebrate the spring season in grand style with the region’s most popular tour event. Experience the living history of Madison while strolling through a collection of the city’s finest architecturally significant private homes and intimate gardens. Many of these homes were constructed during the Antebellum period and “witnessed” the Civil War. Madison is located on the “Left Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf. Tour tickets: $25.00 to $40.00. 706-342-4743, http://visitmadisonga.com/madison-may-spring-tour-homes-gardens/


AL-Recall LaGrange 2018 - Friday through Sunday, May 4 through 6, LaGrange College Road, Leighton AL. LaGrange College was Alabama’s first chartered college, established in 1830, and was later turned into a Military Academy. The college’s enrollment read like a “Who’s Who” list. By 1862, due to the Civil War, most students had enlisted and the village was left virtually deserted. Recall LaGrange 2018 is a historical reenactment, with arts and crafts, concessions and much more! Friday (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) is School Day. Saturday (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) and Sunday (1:00 to 4:00 pm) are for the general public. FREE admission; donations encouraged. 256-446-9324, http://www.lagrangehistoricsite.com/


GA-Chasing Jefferson Davis Marathon - Saturday, May 5, Abbeville, Fitzgerald and Irwinville GA. Follow scenic country roads to trace the historic route Jefferson Davis and his Federal pursuers took just prior to his capture in Irwinville in May 1865 at the end of the war. The “Full Marathon” begins at 6:00 am at the Historic Gymnasium, 300 College Street in Abbeville. The “Half Marathon” begins at 6:30 am from 1018 Salem Church Road in Fitzgerald. Both races end at Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site in Irwinville. The marathon is USATF certified. All runners will receive a medal, t-shirt and an appreciation gift bag. Winners will receive a trophy bowl or platter. Much of these marathon routes follow the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-jefferson-davis.html. Registration: $50.00 per runner for half marathon, $65.00 for full marathon ($75.00 after April 1st). 229-467-2737, www.chasingjeffersondavis.com


AL-Surrender Oak Festival & Reenactment - Saturday, May 5, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, Train Depot, Citronelle AL. The Surrender Oak reenactment portrays the surrender of Confederate troops commanded by Lieutenant General Richard Taylor on May 4, 1865 near the end of the Civil War. The surrender meeting took place under a large oak tree, subsequently destroyed in 1902 by a hurricane, known as the “Surrender Oak.” A company of reenactors will drill at 10:00 am, hold a memorial ceremony at 1:15 pm, and a “battle” at 2:00 pm as part of the Surrender Oak Festival. www.facebook.com/citronellelionsclub/


GA-History Hustle 5K - Saturday, May 5, 8:00 am, Rose Lawn Museum, 224 West Cherokee Avenue, Cartersville GA. Immerse yourself in history! This 5K run/walk begins at Rose Lawn Museum, a Victorian era home. Along the way you’ll pass-by several other historic homes before returning to Rose Lawn. You may also visit the nearby Bartow (County) History Museum. Cartersville is located along the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. Registration: $30.00. 770-382-3818, www.BartowHistoryMuseum.org  


GA-Decatur to Madison for the Tour of Homes - Saturday, May 5, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, DeKalb History Center, 101 East Court Square, Decatur GA. Join the DeKalb History Center for an out-of-town “DeKalb Traveler” bus excursion to historic Madison for the famous “Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes” – and leave the driving to us! Your day will include the tour of homes, boxed lunch, plus sightseeing beautiful Madison. We will travel by chartered bus; lunch and admission fees are included. Madison is home to one of Georgia's largest Historic Districts and the tour of homes will feature historic private residences, many of which are antebellum, as well as the Madison-Morgan Cultural Arts Center and historic churches. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who loves architecture, history, and home design. Meet at the Historic DeKalb County Courthouse in downtown Decatur. Reservations required. Cost: $80.00. 404-373-1088, howard@dekalbhistory.org


GA-“Union Bound” - Saturday, May 5, Fitzgerald GA. Citywide events featuring the film “Union Bound” based on the true story of Joseph Hoover and his escape from Andersonville Prison. The actual diaries along with the uniforms and more used in the film will be on display the Blue and Gray Museum (116 North Johnston Street), while the Carnegie Center (116 South Lee Street) will exhibit stills and photos from the film’s production. Both locations will be open between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. The day will conclude will two showings of “Union Bound” at 4:00 and 7:00 pm at the Grand Theatre (119 South Main Street). A “question & answer” session will follow with the film’s producer and actor, Tank Jones. 229-426-5069, http://fitzgeraldga.org/blue-and-gray-museum.html


SC-South Carolina Confederate Memorial Day - Saturday, May 5, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Elmwood Cemetery and the South Carolina State House, Columbia SC. The public is invited to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans in honoring our Confederate heroes. A memorial service will be held at Columbia's Elmwood Cemetery beginning at 10:00 a.m. A procession from Elmwood Cemetery to the South Carolina State House will start at 11:00. A second memorial service will begin at 12:00 noon at the Confederate Soldiers Monument in front of the State House. Infantry and artillery salutes and the playing of Dixie will end these events as we remember our honorable ancestors. FREE admission. scdivscv@gmail.com, www.scscv.com


GA-Bivouac 2018 - Saturday, May 5, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Piedmont Hotel and Museum, 827 Maple Street, Gainesville GA. A community-wide event centered at the hotel once owned by former Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet. Activities include a Civil War reenactment, tours of the historic hotel, lunch and music, and a self-guided driving tour of historic Gainesville. FREE admission. 770-539-9005, www.longstreet.org


SC-Guided Historical Walking Tours at Congaree Creek - Saturday, May 5, 1:00 to 4:30 pm, 12,000 Year History Park at Congaree Park, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce SC. These guided historical walking tours at 12,000 Year History Park are 60 to 90 minutes long and focus on local history along beautiful Congaree Creek. Native American Lifeways tour at 1:00 pm, followed by the Battle of Congaree Creek tour at 3:00 pm. All tours are a great adventure for kids. Please wear comfortable shoes. You may want to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and plenty of water! FREE admission. 803-765-2200, historyparkoncongareepark@gmail.com


GA-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, May 5, 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-“ResQ Me” BBQ & “Yappy Hour” at Historic Warren House - Saturday, May 5, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, The Warren House, 102 West Mimosa Drive, Jonesboro GA. Come eat some BBQ at the historic Warren House for a great cause...the Clayton County Humane Society. All proceeds go to help the animals! Do something good for the animals and have fun at the same time. “Yappy Hour” begins at 5:00 pm with a buffet dinner at 6:00 followed by a DJ and dancing. Guided tours of the Warren House, used as a field hospital during the Battle of Jonesboro, will be available. The Warren House is located in the heart of what was the 2nd day of fighting during the battle that ended the Atlanta Campaign and resulted in the capture of that city. Jonesboro 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. Tickets: $30.00 in advance, $35.00 at the door. 770-471-9436, http://claytoncountyhumane.org/


GA-37th Annual Old Clinton “War Days” - Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6, Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday until 4:00 pm, Old Clinton Historic District, near Gray GA. Come to Old Clinton and take a step back in time, when the Battles of Sunshine Church and Griswoldville during Sherman’s March to the Sea are re-created. “Battles” at 2:00 pm each day. The McCarthy-Pope House, circa 1809, will be open for tours. The house will be furnished and decorated in the era of the War Between the States. Miss Annie’s Store will display a wide variety of war relics, an exhibit of Griswold pistol parts, a finished Griswold pistol, a Burnside carbine, other war weapons and authentic Confederate currency. Saturday will conclude with a memorial service at 8:00 pm in the Old Clinton Cemetery to honor Clinton’s Confederate dead. Clinton and its Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails interpretive marker # R9 are located on the “Right Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf. Admission: Adults $5.00, Students (ages 6 to 18) $3.00. The memorial service is free for everyone. 478-986-6383, www.oldclinton.org/war-days-3/


AL-11th Annual “Skirmish in the Valley” - Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Fiddler’s Green, 3105 Roy Webb Road, Jacksonville AL. 11th annual reenactment at the former home of Confederate Colonel Samuel Lockett. Activities include house and soldier camp tours, a ladies tea, cannon demonstrations, “battles,” period music, ball dancing, church service and more! Admission: $3.00. 256-435-6055, www.fiddlersgreenalabama.com/


GA-Pickett’s Mill Guided Battlefield Tours - Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 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-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Sunday, May 6, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, On the mountain top at 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/


AL-Battle of Port Royal - Thursday, May 10, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. Mike Coker will speak on the topic “Battle of Port Royal” 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


SC-Rivers Bridge Memorial Service - Friday, May 11, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Since 1876 the Rivers Bridge Memorial Association has remembered the Confederate dead from the Battle of Rivers Bridge. Its annual meeting has a strong history of speakers, presentations and of remembering the names of Confederate soldiers who died on this hallowed ground. The Association will be conducting their 142nd memorial service with music beginning at 10:00 am, followed by the service at 11:00. The Barnwell Junior ROTC unit will also be present to honor the WW II soldiers buried on the site’s Memorial Grounds. The service will be followed by a catered BBQ lunch for $9.00 per plate. Admission to the site is FREE. 803-267-3675, https://southcarolinaparks.com/rivers-bridge


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, May 12, 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).


AL-17th Annual Alabama Cemetery Preservation Workshop - Saturday, May 12, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, University of Alabama, Farrah Hall, Room 214, 570 University Boulevard, Tuscaloosa AL. Registration will start at 8:30 am; the program at 9:00. After lunch, the workshop will relocate to the historic Evergreen Cemetery. The workshop fee includes refreshments, a box lunch and handout materials. Registrations must be received by May 7th to guarantee you handout materials and a box lunch. You can download the registration form from our website. Please note on your form that the board has approved “free membership to first-time attendees” for the remainder of 2018. Registration fee: $30.00 to $35.00. www.alabama-cemetery-preservation.com/acpa_conference.php


SC-Reopening of Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens - Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, 1615 Blanding Street, Columbia SC. Join us for the reopening of the Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens. We will debut updated interpretation, new exhibits, hands-on interactive elements, and expanded and enhanced public gardens. We’ll also unveil physical improvements to the building, including a new exterior paint scheme, and an entry hall painted oil cloth. This event will commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the house’s construction with variety of activities to be available, including house and garden tours, special presentations, children’s games and crafts, quadrille dance lessons, plant sale, live music, food and more! Confederate Lieutenant General Wade Hampton once resided in the mansion, and it was briefly used by Union Major General John A. Logan as his headquarters during the Federal army’s occupation of Columbia in February 1865. Tickets: Adults $8.00, Youth $5.00. 803-252-1770, www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2018/2018-05/hampton-preston-reopening


SC-Sheep Shearing Family Day - Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. This annual event highlights the process of turning raw wool into finished textiles as commonly practiced during the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights include the shearing of our heritage breed Gulf Coast sheep, farm and barnyard storytelling, the opportunity for children to pet farm animals large and small, explanations about the processing of wool (sorting, washing, carding, spinning, dyeing, weaving, sewing), historic-style cooking featuring mutton and more. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children (ages 4 to 17) $5.00. 803-684-2327, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


SC-Civil War Encampment and Battle of Congaree Creek Tours - Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce SC. The public is invited to a reproduction of a Civil War soldier camp with era style tents and campfires. Exhibits include Civil War weapons, cannon firings, artifacts and more. Reenactors in period attire will demonstrate what life was like during the Civil War. Tours of the battlefield are available at 1:00 pm, and a lantern tour at 6:00 pm. The tour stops include stories about life as a soldier life. You’ll also see the earthworks built in 1865, the site of brisk fighting along Congaree Creek. FREE admission and tours. 803-765-2200, historyparkoncongareecreek@gmail.com


GA-The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens - Saturday, May 12, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, A. H. Stephens State Park, 456 Alexander Street NW, Crawfordville GA. Listen carefully and you can still hear the horses and marching Union soldiers in front of Liberty Hall, the home of Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens. On May 11, 1865 those soldiers came to arrest Stephens for treason. Join our performers as they reenact the experience of the arrest and of his return home more than five months later. Admission: $5.00. 706-456-2602, http://gastateparks.org/AHStephens


GA-Evening with History: Atlanta’s Westview Cemetery - Thursday, May 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta GA. In 1884, several Atlanta citizens purchased 577 acres to open Westview Cemetery. The rolling terrain, part of which was also part of the Civil War battlefield of Ezra Church, became the final resting place for more than 100,000 people. Prominent individuals buried here include Grant Park namesake and engineer in charge of constructing Atlanta’s Civil War defenses Lemuel P. Grant, Uncle Remus author Joel Chandler Harris, and many others. We are pleased to host author Jeff Clemmons as he recounts some of the details of this cemetery’s history highlighted in his newest book, Atlanta’s Historic Westview Cemetery. After the program, Mr. Clemmons will sign copies of his books. The Marietta Museum of History and its Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker entitled “Kennesaw House” (marker # 21) are located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. Admission: $5.00. 770-794-5710, www.MariettaHistory.org


GA-154th Anniversary Battle of Resaca Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, May 18 through 20, Chitwood Farm, Chitwood Road, Resaca GA. One of the largest reenactments in Georgia, held on a portion of the actual battlefield. School group tours on Friday; memorial service at the Resaca Confederate Cemetery on Saturday; exciting battles both Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Other activities include a ladies tea with guest speaker, touring of the camps and talking with the soldiers, cavalry competition, Saturday night period dance, Sunday morning tactical and period church service, reenactors used clothing “yard sale” and continuous living history activities. Shop sutler row for period wares; food and beverages available. Resaca and its Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker # 14 (“Oostanaula River Bridges”) are located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. Open to school groups on Friday. Open to the general public on Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $2.00. 800-887-3811, www.georgiadivision.org/bor_reenactment.html


GA-Avenue of Flags at Andersonville - May 18 through 30, 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


GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, May 19, 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 June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15 and October 20. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on 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


SC-Redcliffe’s Rooftop Talk - Saturday, May 19, 10:00 to 10:45 am, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island SC. Enjoy a good breeze, a great view and some stimulating conversation as we take you straight to the top of this historic 1859 mansion. We’ll be some 70 feet above ground with an unparalleled view of the Savannah River Valley. While enjoying the view your guide will give a short talk on a topic of interest. It could be anything from historic gardens, to local geography, to the architecture of the house. This program also includes a walk-through of the mansion attic, but does not include a tour the entire mansion. Participants must be able to negotiate four staircases. Admission: $12.00; purchase your ticket at www.scparkstore.com  


GA-Candlelight Hike to the Mill - Saturday, May 19, 8:30 to 10:00 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This one mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking; cash only. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


AL-Thunder on the Bay - Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienvile Boulevard, Dauphin Island AL. The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a historic site, it commands panoramic views of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This event highlights the integral role of Fort Gaines during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. Come and experience a living history for the entire family! The fort’s blacksmith will be working in the fort’s original blacksmith shop. Live period music both days! Admission: Adults $8.00, Children (ages 5 to 12) $4.00. 251-861-6992, Fortgaines@dauphinisland.org


GA-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, May 20, 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


SC-Military Records at the South Carolina Archives - Monday, May 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia SC. Join us as we explore the records available for military research in the South Carolina Archives’ collection, as well as methods of getting around or over seemingly insurmountable walls. From the Cherokee War of 1759-60, to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and through the wars of the early 20th Century, we'll examine the types of materials that can prove military service. Space is limited and registration is required. 803-896-0339 info@scdah.sc.gov


GA-The Reconstruction Period - Monday, May 21, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Dr. Edward Hightower, Professor at Clark Atlanta University, will speak on the topic entitled “The Reconstruction Period” during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


GA-Origins of Memorial Day in Columbus, Georgia - Thursday, May 24, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA. Dr. Rick Gardiner, Program Director for History Education at Columbus State University, will discuss the 1866 origins of Memorial Day in Columbus. FREE admission, but on-line registration is required: www.portcolumbus.org/registration


AL-Memorial Day Tribute - Saturday, May 26, 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 forts 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, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00. 251-540-5257, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-Memorial Day Commemoration at Fort McAllister - Saturday, May 26, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Join us for an old fashioned Memorial Day, and help us pay tribute to our fellow patriots who served our country throughout the years! Cannon and musket firings every hour! Civil War era demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day. 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/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf. Admission: Adults $9.00, Seniors (62+) $8.00, Youth (6 to 17) $5.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, May 26, 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-Volunteer Work Day at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, May 26, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, 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


GA-Family Farm Day - Saturday, May 26, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. What was it like to live and work on a farm? Jarrell Plantation comes to life with volunteers demonstrating old-fashioned skills and chores. Enjoy blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, weaving and more. 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, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


SC-19th Century Games at the Heyward House - Saturday, May 26, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, 70 Boundary Street, Bluffton SC. You and your child can learn how to play 19th century games like rolling hoop, marbles, cup and ball and buzz-saw to see how they compare to the games we play today! 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-Civil War Music Program - Saturday, May 26, 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


GA-Geology Hike to Manchester Mill - Saturday, May 26, 1:00 to 4:00 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


SC-Mansion by Moonlight - Saturday, May 26, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union SC. What is it like to be inside the Gist Mansion after hours? Come find out as we explore nighttime life on a cotton plantation in the 1800s. We’ll discover- through sound, sight, smell, touch, taste and motion - evening activities of both the plantation owner’s family and the enslaved people who lived at Rose Hill Plantation. Lighting will be limited and the ground is slightly uneven. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. Space limited to 16; reservations are required. Admission: 864-427-5966, https://southcarolinaparks.com/rose-hill


GA-Memorial Day Observance Program at Andersonville - Sunday, May 27, 2:00 pm, Andersonville National Cemetery, GA Hwy. 49, Andersonville GA. Memorial Day activities will include a Color Guard and Rifle Salute. The traditional “laying of wreaths” will feature various military and other organizations. FREE admission. 229-924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm


GA-Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: Chickamauga Medal of Honor Recipients - Sunday, May 27, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. There are countless acts of courage that occurred on both sides in the fields and thickets that made up the Chickamauga Battlefield. Some rose to point of such distinction that men were presented with the Medal of Honor for those actions. This tour will look at some of the recipients of the Medal of Honor and what their deeds were. 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-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Sunday & Monday, May 27 & 28, 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-Dr. Mudd and the Lincoln Assassination - Monday, May 28, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Fitzpatrick Hotel Ballroom, 16 West Square, Washington GA. Dr. Mark Waters, Vice President of Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® and noted historian of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth, will discuss the role of Dr. Samuel Mudd in the conspiracy during the monthly meeting of the Washington (GA) Civil War Round Table. Washington and its Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails interpretive marker are located on the historic driving route of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-jefferson-davis.html. FREE admission. www.facebook.com/WWCWRT/


AL-These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War - Thursday, May 31, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street, Mobile AL. Author and historian John Sledge will share stories from his new book, “These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War,” a riveting narrative of Alabama’s wartime saga. Focused on the conflict’s turning points within the state’s borders, this book charts residents’ experiences from secession’s heady early days to its tumultuous end, when 75,000 blue-coated soldiers were on the move statewide. Alabama’s contributions to the Civil War will intrigue anyone who is interested in learning more about the state’s war efforts. FREE admission. 251-301-0270, theeckj@historymuseumofmobile.com