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GA-Forgotten Field: Cavalry at Gettysburg - Thursday, November 2, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Marshall Krolick 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-Syrup Makin’ Time on the Plantation - Saturday, November 4, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. See how the Jarrell family made their very own cane syrup in one of the original kettles. Sip on sugar cane juice and enjoy demonstrations around the farm. Freshly made, hot syrup will be available to take home and enjoy at the end of the day. 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-Full Moon Night Hike at Camp Lawton - Saturday, November 4, 7:00 to 9:00 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-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain – Sunday, November 5, 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/


SC-Defending Carolina: Civil War Battlefields Tour- Tuesday to Thursday, November 7 to 9, Santee State Park, 251 State Park Road, Santee SC. During the first months of 1865, Confederate forces readied themselves to defend against the invading army led by Union Major General William T. Sherman. As the Northern army advanced toward Columbia, it had to cross well defended positions along several rivers. Join expert guides at two of these well preserved battlefields along the line of advance, at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site and at Congaree Creek. Well preserved earthworks at both sites will provide a better understanding of what the Union Army faced and how the Confederate defenders hoped to delay them. The program includes two nights in the lakeside cabins at Santee State Park, two guided battlefield tours, and transportation from Santee State Park to the sites and back. There will be walking involved at both field sites up to about a mile and it will also involve walking on uneven terrain through wooded areas. Cost: $129/person (double occupancy), $225/person (single occupancy). 803-854-2408, http://discoversouthcarolina.com/products/10004541


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, November 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 new 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).


SC-Free Admission Day at Fort Moultrie - Saturday, November 11, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island SC.  The National Park Service offers FREE admission to ALL parks, monuments and historic sites (whether or not connected to the Civil War) that normally charge an admission fee. This FREE admission day includes Fort Moultrie National Monument near Charleston. Admission to Fort Sumter National Monument is always free although there is charge for the private ferry service to/from the fort. 843-883-3123, \www.nps.gov/fosu


GA-Free Admission Day at Fort Pulaski - Saturday, November 11, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. Hwy. 80 East, Savannah GA.  The National Park Service offers FREE admission to ALL parks, monuments and historic sites (whether or not connected to the Civil War) that normally charge an admission fee. This FREE admission day includes Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah. Admission to Chickamauga National Military Park, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Andersonville National Historic Site is always free. 912-786-5787, \www.nps.gov/fopu/index.htm


GA-Guided Tour of Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, November 11, 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-Behind the Scenes Tour - Saturdays, November 11 & 25, 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/


AL-Alabama: The Birth of the Confederacy and Witness to its Final Collapse - Thursday through Saturday, November 16 through 18, Montgomery, Selma, Cahaba, Marion, Ebenezer Church and Plantersville AL. The Civil War left an enduring legacy in Alabama where ideologies ranged from fiery secessionism to ardent Unionism. The first capital of the Confederacy was located in Montgomery. Union supporters in Winston County threatened to secede from the state. Selma saw the late-war Battle of Ebenezer Church and its arsenal manufactured much of the Confederacy’s ammunition. After the Civil War, Reconstruction set the state on a course that would culminate in significant events in the U.S. civil rights movement. We will set forth on a unique tour that will visit sites in and around Montgomery, Selma and Marion, Alabama. Most of these are rarely visited by history enthusiasts. Our tour leader, Norman Dasinger, Jr., is a veteran tour leader of Atlanta Campaign sites and the Civil War in Alabama. Registration: $325.00, plus lodging. 800-298-1861, www.cwea.net/programs/1711-alabama-birth-confederacy-and-witness-its-final-collapse


GA-Battle of Griswoldville 153rd Anniversary Commemoration - Saturday, November 18, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Griswoldville Battlefield State Historic Site, Baker Road, near Macon GA. Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea in November 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals and Union and Confederate encampments followed with a noon memorial service and battlefield tours. Directions: The battlefield is 10 miles east of Macon, and two miles southeast of the small community of Griswoldville. Follow brown directional signs or the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® logoed “trailblazer” signs to the site. FREE admission; donations appreciated to help preserve this historic site. 478-986-5172, http://gastateparks.org/info/246873?c=13025076


GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday, November 19, 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, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Master of Lost Causes - Monday, November 20, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Dr. Robert Bonner, Chairman of the Department of History at Dartmouth College, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table on the life of Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens. This program is re-scheduled from January 2017. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com