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SC-Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art - May 2 through 31, 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, www.crr.sc.gov/


GA-Glascock County During the Civil War - Thursday, May 4, 7:00 pm, Glascock County Community Center, Brassell Park (near the Senior Center), Gibson GA. The public is invited to hear Civil War Heritage Trails Founder & Executive Director Steve Longcrier speak to the Glascock County Historical Society about Glascock County’s involvement in the Civil War. Focus will be on the wartime service of a local unit, the “Gibson Guards” (Company A, 48th GA Regiment), and on Glascock County during the March to the Sea. A preview of a portion of the county’s upcoming new Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker will also be presented. FREE admission. 912-665-2195, LBooton@oncologyresource.com


GA-“General Joseph E. Johnston” - Thursday, May 4, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Author Dr. Richard McMurry 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 5 & 6, 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. Admission charged. 706-342-4743, http://visitmadisonga.com/madison-may-spring-tour-homes-gardens/


SC-5th Annual Battle at Congaree Creek - Friday through Sunday, May 5 through 7, 1215 Valley Ridge Road, near Gaston SC. The Battle at Congaree Creek is a living history and educational event the whole family - young and old alike - will enjoy! This is a three-day event with demonstrations drawn straight from the year 1865 of infantry, cavalry, and artillery including civilians, music, food, shopping, and clean, wholesome fun for all ages. Friday (school day) 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sunday until 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults $5.00, Military (w/ ID or DD214) and Children (age 12 & under) are free. 803-417-5650, www.battleatcongareecreek.com/


AL-Recall LaGrange 2017 - Friday through Sunday, May 5 through 7, 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 2017 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. 256-383-0783, http://www.lagrangehistoricsite.com/


SC-Penn School Campus Walking Tour - Fridays, May 5 & 12, 10:00 am, York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center, 38 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island SC. A guided walking tour of the 50-acre historic district (weather permitting). Tour includes two Reconstruction Era National Monuments. Admission: Adults $3.00, Students $2.00, Ages five and under are free. 843-838-7105, YWBMuseum@penncenter.com


GA-Guided Tour of Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, May 6, 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, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


GA-Dedication of “Washington Square” Interpretive Marker - Saturday, May 6, 10:00 am, Wilkes County Courthouse Lawn, 23 East Court Street, Washington GA. You are cordially invited to attend the dedication of the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker entitled “Washington Square,” a part of the Jefferson Davis Heritage Trail. Speakers will include Steve Longcrier, Executive Director of Civil War Heritage Trails, and Dr. Mark Waters, Vice President of its Board of Trustees. FREE admission. historicalww@gmail.com


SC-South Carolina Confederate Memorial Day - Saturday, May 6, 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. Afterward 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-Gordon-Lee Mansion Spring Tour - Saturday, May 6, 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. This tour will run in conjunction with Chickamauga Downhome Days. The grounds of the mansion are beautiful this time of year! Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, www.friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


GA-The Fighting McCook’s: First Family of the American Military - Saturday, May 6, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. A special program at Chickamauga Battlefield will delve into two of the battle’s commanders and one of the war’s most prominent families. Visitors will meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, then caravan to the site of Jay’s Mill, where they will participate in a program detailing the McCook family and the events that Col. Daniel McCook undertook on the first day’s fighting. The McCook’s are likely considered the "first family" of the American military. Sixteen “Fighting” McCook’s served during the American Civil War, with several rising to the rank of brigadier general. Alexander McCook, of Chickamauga fame, obtaining the highest rank in the family, that of major general. The family’s contributions during the war led to the Republic’s restoration. Please remember to bring a bottle of water. Folding chairs are also welcome. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-36th Annual Old Clinton “War Days” - Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 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. Admission: Adults $5.00, Students (under 18) $3.00, Children (under 6) free. The memorial service is free for everyone. Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Directions: Clinton is located 12 miles NE of Macon, 1-1/2 miles SW of Gray, one block west of U.S. Highway 129. 478-986-6383, www.oldclinton.org/


AL-10th Annual “Skirmish in the Valley” - Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Fiddler’s Green, 3105 Roy Webb Road, Jacksonville AL. 10th 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! Parking $5.00. 256-435-6055, www.fiddlersgreenalabama.com/


GA-Cheatham Hill Guided History Walks - Sunday, May 7, 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, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Artillery Demonstration on Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday, May 7, 11:15 am, 12:15, 2:15 & 3:15 pm, On top of Big Kennesaw Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Kennesaw GA. Living historians will talk about the lives of Civil War soldiers and demonstrate how muskets and cannon were loaded. Programs will take place on top of the mountain at 11:15, 12:15, 2:15, and 3:15. Remember to give yourself enough time to walk up the mountain for the program or take the shuttle bus for $3.00. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Huffabaloo 2017 - Sunday, May 7, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm, Huff House, 314 North Selvidge Street, Dalton GA. Join us for our 3rd annual Huffabaloo at historic Huff House! It will be educational and fun for the whole family! Huff House was the headquarters for Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston during the winter of 1863-64. Tours of the house will recreate the day of Major General Patrick R. Cleburne’s proposal to General Johnston for the Confederacy to arm slaves in exchange for their freedom at the conclusion of the Civil War. The May Pole Dance will be presented on the front lawn with lively music. Groups of Scouts will be honoring the memory of other important historical figures. Backyard festivities will include musicians and many activities for children. They will have the opportunity to hunt for coins or dinosaurs, to climb a wall (for ages 8 and up) and to try walking on stilts. Food and treats will be available, and there will be an auction of the finest of Dalton's store merchandise. Proceeds from the festival go towards the further renovation and restoration of the Huff House. 706-529-8082, huffhouse314@gmail.com


GA-Full Moon Night Hike at Camp Lawton - Wednesday, May 10, 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, http://gastateparks.org/MagnoliaSprings


GA-Raised from the Depths: The Archaeology of the Civil War in Georgia - Saturday, May 13, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Doubletree Inn, 411 West Bay Street, Savannah GA. The program at the Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA) Spring Meeting will be “Raised from the Depths: The Archaeology of the Civil War in Georgia.” Talks will include a keynote address from Julie Morgan on the raising and preservation of the C.S.S. Georgia and a tour and talk by Blake Ayala on related excavations in historic Savannah. Site visits will include the Cluskey Embankment, Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski. Registration (in advance strongly encouraged): $25.00. https://squareup.com/store/the-society-for-georgia-archaeology


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, May 13, 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, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


GA-The Arrest of Alexander Hamilton Stephens - Saturday, May 13, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, A. H. Stephens State Park, 456 Alexander Street NW, Crawfordville GA. On May 11, 1865, Confederate Vice President A. H. Stephens was arrested at his home and charged with treason. Come experience a live re-enactment of his arrest, along with his homecoming that took place on October 27, 1865. In addition to the re-enactment, we will have period performers and demonstrators. Admission: $5.00. 706-456-2602, http://gastateparks.org/AHStephens


GA-Memorial Field Walk at Kennesaw Mountain - Saturday, May 13, 11:30 am, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Come enjoy a Ranger led walk and presentation on the Union diversionary attack at the base of Big Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864. During this program you will follow the battle line of the Union divisions involved in the assault. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Victorian Tea - Saturday, May 13, 1:00 pm, National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA. In commemoration of Mother’s Day, the museum will be presenting a “Mother’s Day Tea.” You are invited to join us for a proper 19th century Victorian Tea – with china cups, scones, clotted cream, and a light lunch. As part of the event, Executive Director Holly Wait, will offer a program highlighting some very special moms during this important part of history. She will also touch on the important roles women played during the Civil War. We’ll have live music as a soundtrack to this lovely afternoon, where we’ll be celebrating the important women in our lives…our mothers. Cost: $20.00/person, or $35.00 for mother & daughter. Reservations required. 706-327-9798, www.portcolumbus.org/


GA-Whom to Fear More: Conflict within the Ranks of the Confederate Army - Saturday, May 13, 2:00 to 2:45 pm, Visitor Center, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. This special program will look at class conflict within the ranks of the Confederate army as it entered the Battle of Chickamauga. Meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center before car caravanning to Brock Field. Participants will catch a glimpse of the class issues that began dividing the Confederate Army in 1863 as some soldiers began grumbling that the conflict had become a “rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.” Bring along a bottle of water and a folding chair if you like. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Guided Hike to Pickett’s Mill - Saturday, May 13, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Enjoy a hike with a ranger to the original site of Pickett's Mill. There you'll learn what it was used for and why it was so important to the Pickett family. Admission: $3.00 to $5.50. 770-443-7850, http://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


GA-Behind the Scenes Tour - Saturdays, May 13 & 27, 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, http://www.hayhousemacon.org/museum-tour/behind-the-scenes/


GA-“Crossing the Ogeechee River” - Monday, May 15, 5:00 pm, Ogeechee River Park, Buchanan Road, Louisville GA. The public is invited to the dedication event for the March to the Sea Heritage Trail® interpretive marker entitled “Crossing the Ogeechee River.” FREE admission. 478-252-5698, jeffcogahs@gmail.com


GA-Lincoln’s Generals Wives - Monday, May 15, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Historian Candice Shy Hooper will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table on the topic entitled “Lincoln’s Generals Wives.” Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


GA-Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® - Monday, May 15, 6:30 pm, Jefferson County Historical Society, 112 West Broad Street, Louisville GA. Civil War Heritage Trails founder and Executive Director Steve Longcrier will speak about the mission and current activities of Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails during the monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Historical Society. FREE admission. 478-252-5698, jeffcogahs@gmail.com


GA-153rd Anniversary Battle of Resaca Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, May 19 through 21, Chitwood Farm, 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. 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. Directions: I-75 to Exit #320, east into Resaca, then three miles north on U.S. Hwy. 41. Turn right on Chitwood Road and follow the signs. 800-887-3811, www.georgiadivision.org/bor_reenactment.html


GA-Memorial Day “Avenue of Flags” at Andersonville - May 19 through 31, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, Andersonville National Historic Site, GA Hwy. 49, Andersonville GA. Display of American flags along the side of cemetery avenues for the Memorial Day holiday. FREE admission. 229-924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm


GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, May 20, 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 June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16 and October 21. FREE admission. 423-752-5213 ext. 139, kim_coons@nps.gov


SC-“Kids to Parks Day” at Fort Moultrie - Saturday, May 20, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Fort Moultrie National Monument, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island SC. Children and their families are invited to participate in fun, hands-on activities for the National Park Trust’s annual "Kids to Parks Day." Children will talk with soldiers and a civilian from the American Revolution and the Civil War to learn about what life was like during their times. Children may help to create a mural about our National Parks in a “chalk on the walk” activity. Learn about what you can find on Sullivan’s Island beach through an interactive display. Participating children will earn a special prize. Admission: Adults $3.00, Seniors $1.00. 843-883-3123, nps.gov/fosu  


GA-Atlanta Campaign - Saturday, May 20, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Switzer Library, 266 Roswell Street NE, Marietta GA. From the opening action at Tunnel Hill to the fall of Atlanta, the armies moving through Georgia maneuvered, fought and left destruction in their wake. Local Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer will discuss the various military engagements during this 1864 campaign. FREE admission. 770-528-2320, www.cobbcat.org/event/civil-war-history-atlanta-campaign/


GA-Uniforms of Georgia Confederates - Saturday, May 20, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Come check out a variety of uniforms that were worn by Georgia Confederates during the Civil War: see where, when, and how they were made, what they were made from, and how they are identified! Admission: $3.00 to $5.50. 770-443-7850, http://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


SC-A Spring Evening at Redcliffe Plantation - Saturday, May 20, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island SC. Share the beauty of a spring evening at Redcliffe Plantation with family and friends! Wander the grounds and enjoy refreshments on the porch of the historic antebellum mansion. Our theme this year is Art & Architecture. Evening tours of the home…including a tour specifically aimed at younger children…will focus on the amazing collection of American & European art and will feature artwork from the Hammond collection not normally displayed. Admisison: Adults $10.00, Seniors & Children (ages 6 to 16) $7.50. 803-827-1473, redcliffe@scprt.com


AL-Thunder on the Bay - Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 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-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday, May 21, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 & 3:00 pm, Top of Big Kennesaw Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 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, www.nps.gov/kemo/

GA-Cocktails in the Green-Meldrim House - Thursday, May 25, 6:15 pm, Green-Meldrim House, 14 West Macon Street, Savannah GA. The Men of St. John’s Church cordially invite you to a Cocktail Reception benefitting The Green Furniture Restoration Project. This is a benefit to raise money for restoration of the beautiful rosewood sofa, original to the 1850 house, now returned after 125 years spent in Paris. Cocktail attire, Heavy hors d’oevres, and a full bar. Music will be provided by harpist Kristin King. The house was used by Union Major General William T. Sherman as his headquarters in late December 1864 & January 1865. Tickets: $75.00 each. 912-232-1251


GA-Friends of Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site - Thursday, May 25, 6:30 pm, Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site, 338 Jeff Davis Park Road, Irwinville GA. There will be an important meeting for the supporters of Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site. Rhonda Harris, Manager of the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites organization, will be on hand to explain the benefits and responsibilities of becoming an active chapter of the Friends organization. This is an exciting step forward in the ongoing effort to support Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site and to prevent any need for closing that facility. The public is encouraged to attend. FREE admission. friendsof@jeffdavispark.com


GA-Camp Lawton History Tour - Friday, May 26, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, 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, http://gastateparks.org/MagnoliaSprings


AL-Memorial Day Tribute - Saturday, May 27, 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, Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00, under age 6 & active military w/ ID are free. 251-540-5257, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-Gordon-Lee Mansion Summer Tour - Saturday, May 27, 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 through Labor Day. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, www.friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


GA-Family Farm Day - Saturday, May 27, 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, woodstove cooking, sewing 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


GA-Georgia’s Historic Women - Saturday, May 27, 2:00 pm, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Focusing on women who were not afraid of bending the rules, author Sara Martin will highlight fifteen 19th Century Georgia women who made outstanding achievements within American history. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Hofwyl-Broadfield’s Old Rice Fields - Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 U.S. Highway 17 North, Brunswick, GA. What today is seen as marshland was once the highly cultivated basis of a coastal agricultural empire. Learn about how the marshes became some of the most valuable property in Georgia. Learn about the men and women, both slave and free, who transformed the environment and altered the destiny of coastal Georgia. Admission: $5.00 to $8.00. 912-264-7333, http://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfield


GA-A Day at the Fort - Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday, Fort Hollingsworth-White House, 2307 Wynn Lake Road, Alto GA. This event will include music, tours of the historic fort, food, car show, living history, Civil War re-enactment, storytelling and more. FREE admission. 706-244-1239, www.forthollingsworth-whitehouse.com


GA-“Southern Boys in Blue”: Southern Unionists at Chickamauga - Saturday, May 27, 2:00 to 2:45 pm, Chickamauga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. You are invited to a special talk at the 9th Kentucky (US) marker on Chickamauga Battlefield. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about Southerners who fought in the United States "Army of the Cumberland." During the American Civil War, over 100,000 white, southern men fought against the Confederacy, with approximately 42,000 of them being from Tennessee. This program will introduce visitors to some of these men, explore their decisions and show how their convictions led some of them into the Battle of Chickamauga. Although this program will be on the battlefield, please meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center in order to caravan to the program site. Dress appropriately for conditions and bring along a bottle of water and a folding chair if desired. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday & Monday, May 28 & 29, 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, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Camp Lawton Memorial Day Tour - Monday, May 29, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Magnolia Springs State Park, 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen GA. Join us in celebrating Memorial Day with this tour of historic Camp Lawton. Explore the fort area, museum, and beautiful grounds at Magnolia Springs State Park with the Park Rangers. Learn the unique history of the country’s largest Civil War prison. Admission: $5.00/person plus $5.00 parking. 478-982-1660, http://gastateparks.org/MagnoliaSprings