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GA-49th Annual Great Locomotive Chase Festival - Friday through Sunday, September 29 through October 1, Adairsville Historic Square, downtown Adairsville GA. Popular arts and crafts festival in the town that witnessed Andrews’ Raiders Civil War escapade. Today the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy craft booths, food, entertainment, and Saturday morning parade, with street dance on Friday evening and gospel singing on Sunday. Don’t miss the special festival activities inside the depot at the Age of Steam Rail Depot Museum. Friday & Saturday 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission: $3.00. Directions: I-75 to Exit 306, west on Georgia Hwy. 140 to Main Street, turn left then go one mile to Adairsville Public Square. Downtown Adairsville is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®. 770-773-3451,

SC-Xanthus Smith and Civil War Maritime Art - October 1 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 has been EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 30TH, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, plus the first Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed most state holidays. Admission: Adults $6.00, Military & Seniors (ages 62+) $5.00, Youth (ages 10 to 17) $3.00. Everyone admitted for $1.00 on first Sunday afternoons. 803-737-8095,

GA-Trading with the Enemy - Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Philip Leigh will speak during the monthly meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. Admission: $5.00; first-time guests are free.,

GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, October 7, 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. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®.770-427-4686, (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).

GA-Guided Tour of Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, October 7, 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,

SC-Inalienable Rights: Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved - Saturday, October 7, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston SC.     African American living historians in period dress will portray the roles of the enslaved on a plantation. Interact with us as we cook over an open fire. The cooking will be interspersed with storytelling and lectures throughout the day. Admission to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is $20.00. This living history event is included at no additional charge. 843-571-1266,

GA-Walk Amongst the Ghosts of Camp Lawton - Saturday, October 7, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Magnolia Springs State Park, 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen GA. Enjoy a walking lantern tour of the grounds which encompasses the prison and fort areas of the largest Civil War prison, Camp Lawton, while sharing ghostly experiences of previous guests. Our tour will end in the museum where artifacts found on the property are on display. Will you be amongst those who see a ghostly visitor from the past? Admission: $10.00/person plus $5.00 parking. Magnolia Springs State Park is located on the “Left Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®. 478-982-1660,

GA-Battle of Allatoona Pass Remembered - Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, Allatoona Pass Battlefield, near Cartersville GA. Reenactors and historians will commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the battle. Tour the hillside and the railroad cut through the pass. Walk the trails, visit the star fort earthworks, and follow the old Tennessee Road just as the soldiers did in 1864. Explore daily life in the tent city. See rifle and cannon firing demonstrations. Guided tour each day by historian Brad Butcovich. Allatoona Pass Battlefield is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®. Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. FREE admission. Directions: I-75 Exit 283. Go east, cross railroad and continue 1-1/2 mile to the battle site. Additional parking and shuttle are available at Allatoona Landing Marina, just beyond the event site. 770-975-0055,

GA-Andersonville Historic Fair - Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, 117 East Church Street, Andersonville GA.  History comes alive when hundreds of Civil War reenactors set up camps and stage realistic mock battles (3:00 pm Saturday & 2:00 pm Sunday).  Sutlers selling Civil War uniforms and accoutrements and Civil War-era civilian clothing add color and interest, as do blacksmiths, basket makers, quilters, weavers and artists of all kinds.  The first big activity is the parade on the main street (Saturday 11:00 am).  Special entertainment includes performances by The Southern Gunslingers, puppet shows, line dancing, clogging, bluegrass band performances, and gospel singing.  Admission: Adults $4.00, Children (12 & under) $1.50.  No dogs over 25 pounds and must be leashed.  229-924-2558,

GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday, October 8, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 & 3:00 pm, Cheatham Hill Battlefield Area, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 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. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®. FREE admission. 770-427-4686,

AL-Battle of Stones River - Thursday, October 12, 5:30 or 6:30 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street, Huntsville AL. David Lady and John Scales will speak on the Battle of Stones River (a.k.a. Murfreesboro) during the monthly meeting of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table. FREE admission. Meeting starts at 6:30, but come at 5:30 to partake of the chicken buffet/salad bar offered by the Elks for $8.95. 256-539-5287,

SC-Image of War Seminar - Friday through Sunday, October 13 through 15. Charleston SC. Seminar on photography during the Civil War. Highlights include a Charleston Harbor dinner cruise, special 4-D experiences at Charleston’s forts, Fort Sumter photo experience with the fort all to ourselves. A total of 14 hours of Civil War site tours with a photographic emphasis. Designed for novices and seasoned experts alike. Registration: $120.00 to $340.00.

GA-Mule Day - Saturday, October 14, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Callaway Plantation, 2160 Lexington Road, Washington GA. Mule Day is a celebration of rural farm life in Georgia from the late 1700’s to 1900, including the Civil War years. There will be Mule Plowing contests and a Mule Show with cash prizes. Throughout the day demonstrators will show how farms produced their own turpentine, wood shingles, pine straw baskets, soap and more. A blacksmith will show how horse shoes and nails were made. Callaway Plantation tells the story of one family’s 200 year progression from a humble log cabin to a Greek-Revival mansion. You can tour a one room school house, a 1785 log cabin, a 1790 Federal home and an 1869 brick manor house. Children can enjoy many hands-on activities such as mule plowing, rope making, and weaving on a loom. They can interact with animals through pony rides and a petting zoo. A talented group of musicians will be playing throughout the day. Vendors from around the Southeast will be selling their delicious foods and beautiful arts & crafts. Admission: $10.00 per carload. 706-678-2013,

GA-Traveler’s Rest Pioneer Day - Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Traveler's Rest State Historic Site, 4339 Riverdale Road, Toccoa GA. Join us to witness talents and skills from early 1800s pioneers. Demonstrators will be on hand for weaving, blacksmithing, hearth cooking, frontier crafts, river boating and other skills. Visitors will also enjoy live period music and expositions. Admission: $2.00 to $5.00. 706-886-2256,

SC-Gullah-Geechee Culture - Saturday, October 14, 1:00 pm, Fort Moultrie National Monument, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island SC.  Sharon Cooper-Murray will present a special program on the Gullah-Geechee culture. She will introduce the audience to the Gullah language by using a storytelling format with Gullah language and the English translations. This event is re-scheduled from September 9th because of Hurricane Irma. Admission to Fort Moultrie: Adults $3.00, Seniors $1.00. 843-883-3123,

SC-Archaeology at the Civil War Earthworks at Congaree Creek - Saturday, October 14, 1:30 to 4:00 pm, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, 325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt SC. Dr. Eric Poplin will describe his company’s archaeological investigations at the Civil War earthworks at Congaree Creek near Columbia. His presentation will be preceded by a ranger led tour of the Civil War battlefield at Rivers Bridge. The battlefield tour will begin at 1:30 pm and Dr. Poplin’s program at 3:00 pm. Meet at the Community Building at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 16 & under) are free. 803-267-3675,

GA-Old Cassville Cemetery Tour & Story Telling - Saturday, October 14, 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Old Cassville Cemetery, 1799 Cassville Road NW, Cassville (near Cartersville) GA. Come listen to the Cassville Story Telling and speak to folks portraying Confederate soldiers and other historical figures who rest here. FREE admission. 770-386-7575,

GA-Candle Lantern Tour - Saturday, October 14, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. See Civil War soldiers go about their evening duties. Stop in the barracks for hot cider and cookies, then prepare yourself for a blast with a cannon firing over the Ogeechee River. Tours held every half hour, the last at 8:30 pm. Admission $5.00 to $9.00. 912-727-2339,

GA-46th Annual Prater’s Mill Country Fair - Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Prater’s Mill, about ten miles northeast of Dalton GA. Stroll among nearly 200 displays of original artwork and craft demonstrations. Watch live demonstrations of blacksmiths, quilters, weavers and woodcarvers, or view antique automobiles and tractors. Taste the finest Southern cooking and tap your toes to authentic bluegrass and country music. Visit the historic Civil War era mill, used as a campsite at different times by both Union and Confederate soldiers. Admission: Adults $7.00, Children under 12 free. I-75 to Exit #341, north on GA Hwy. 201 to GA Hwy. 2, then east. 706-694-6455,

GA-Behind the Scenes Tour - Saturdays, October 14 & 28, 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,

AL-Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll - Sunday, October 15, 2:00 to 4:30 pm, Maple Hill Cemetery, 203 Maple Hill Drive, Huntsville AL. This 21st annual Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll features over 70 local citizens dressed in period costume portraying both the famous and infamous people buried at Maple Hill Cemetery. Included are five Alabama governors and the Confederate Secretary of War who ordered the first shot at Fort Sumter. Rain date is October 22nd. FREE admission; donations will restore damaged headstones and iron work. 256-533-5723,

GA-“Love Amid the Ruins” - Monday, October 16, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. William “Jack” Davis, former Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table on the topic entitled “Love Amid the Ruins: The Romance of Nannie Radford and General Gabriel Wharton, CSA.” Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909,

GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, October 21, 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. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail. FREE admission. 423-752-5213 ext. 139,

GA-Artillery Program at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Learn about the Civil War through programs that feature living historians firing reproduction Civil War cannon. Programs take place at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail. FREE admission. 423-752-5213,

AL-Known Deaths and Burials at Mobile Point - Saturday, October 21, 5:00 to 6:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. A guided tour by a historical interpreter of the known deaths and burials at Mobile point from 1813 to 1910. Bring your own flashlight. 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,

AL-17th Annual Battle of Newton Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, John Hutto Park, Newton AL. Exciting reenactment both days of the March 1865 skirmish. Other activities include soldier camps, military field hospital, period games, music, a ladies tea, period music and a Sunday church service. Food, drink and merchandise for sale on site.  FREE admission.

GA-History and Haunts of Camp Lawton - Saturdays, October 21 & 28, 6:00 to 9:00 pm each evening, Magnolia Springs State Park, 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen GA. Come experience an entertaining evening of history, beautiful scenery, and ghostly tales.Watch exciting black powder demonstrations and enjoy a walking tour as you learn about the historic Civil War prison Camp Lawton. Director Ryan McNutt of the Georgia Southern University Camp Lawton Archaeological Project will present their latest findings and news. Magnolia Springs State Park is located on the “Left Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®. Admission: $15.00/person plus $5.00 parking. 478-982-1660,

GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday, October 22, 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. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®. FREE admission. 770-427-4686,

AL-Nicola Marschall - Thursday, October 26, 6:00 pm, Perry County Historical and Preservation Society, 204 West Monroe Street, Marion, AL. Join us for supper and a program about Nicola Marschall. The program will be presented by Valerie Pope Burnes, historian, and Robin McDonald, photographer. The gifted artist, Nicola Marschall, lived in Marion where he taught art, music and language at the Marion Female Seminary. Over the course of his life he painted famous people like Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Nathan Bedford Forrest and Ulysses S Grant. Marschall also designed the original Confederate flag, the “Stars and Bars,” as well as the official grey uniform of the Confederate army. Come see images of Nicola Marschall paintings, some of which you will have never seen before. The supper menu is beef brisket, smoked chicken, tossed salad, twice baked potatoes, peach cobbler and Mississippi mud chocolate cake, coffee and iced tea. Admission & dinner: $17.00. 334-292-0319.

SC-Civil War Education Day at Historic Brattonsville - Friday, October 27, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. Students of all ages will interact with Civil War reenactors and Brattonsville staff interpreters to learn the impact of the war on all social classes. They will meet soldiers and civilians and get a glimpse of the personal side of the war. Admission: Adults $10.00, Seniors $8.00, Youth (ages 4-17) $6.00. 803-684-2327,

GA-Life of a Soldier - Saturday, October 28, 11:00 to 11:30 am, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Life for the common infantry soldier during the Atlanta Campaign was less than ideal. Come out and enjoy an interactive Ranger presentation that will utilize various reproduced props and personal items to illustrate how soldiers lived and fought on the campaign trail in 1864. FREE admission. 770-427-4686,

GA-Andrews Raid - Saturday, October 28, 2:00 pm, City of Kennesaw Library, 2250 Lewis Street NW, Kennesaw GA. Historian Michael Shaffer retells how in April 1862 Union spy James Andrews led nearly two dozen soldiers on a mission to steal a locomotive, down telegraph lines and destroy railroad bridges with the goal of damaging a vital Confederate supply line and communications between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Their actions resulted in the “Great Locomotive Chase.” FREE admission. 770-528-2529,

GA-Haunted History Party - Saturday, October 28, 6:00 to 11:00 pm, Hamilton House, 701 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton GA. The Hamilton House will have “ghost tours” led by paranormal investigators, plus historical costume contests, games, concessions and more! The house is Dalton's oldest home. It served as the headquarters for Confederate Brigadier General Joseph H. Lewis, commander of the famed Kentucky "Orphan Brigade," during the winter of 1863-1864. Ghost tour availability is limited, so reserve your spot early! Admission & Ghost Tour: $15.00. 706-278-0217

AL-Cotton Pickin’ Celebration and Skirmish - Saturday & Sunday, October 28 through 29, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, Old Baker Farm, 184 Furrow Lane, Harpersville AL. Some of the best arts and crafts vendors from all over the South, a Civil War reenactment and a “Guns for Hire” shootout. Kids will love the Cotton Bounce, Cotton Patch, Corn Maze, Hay Maze, and Hay Mountain, while adults enjoy the Indian Festival Dance and live bluegrass and gospel music. There is plenty of food, plus horseback rides, mule driven wagon rides, hay rides and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Admission (Saturday & Sunday): Adults $10.00. Directions from Birmingham: U.S. Hwy. 280 east to AL Hwy. 25. Turn right and proceed south 0.4 miles to County Road 444. Turn right, then the farm is one mile on the left. 205-672-7209,

GA-Helen Civil War Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29, Helen River Park, 590 Edelweiss Street, Helen GA. Civil War living history features period sutlers village, demonstrations and camps with skirmishes both days. Period church service on Sunday. Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. FREE admission. 706-878-2181,

SC-Redcliffe After Dark - Tuesday, October 31, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island SC. The iconic antebellum mansion and beautiful landscape of Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site transform at night. For this special after-hours event on Halloween night enjoy Fall refreshments on the porch of the historic mansion and hear a discussion of plantation deaths and burial customs before we turn off all the lights and take you on a flashlight tour of the historic mansion. Tickets: Adults $10.00, South Carolina resident Seniors & Youth (ages 6 to 16) $7.50. Advance registration required by October 27th. 803-827-1473,