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GA-Labor Day Weekend Celebration at Fort McAllister - Saturday, September 1, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Come on out for a relaxing and entertaining day for the whole family. Civil War soldiers will be firing rifles and cannons throughout the day while presenting living history programs. Old-timey games will be available and fun for the whole family! 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/ga-march-to-the-sea.html. Admission: Adults $9.00, Seniors (62+) $8.00, Youth (6 to 17) $5.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Labor Day Weekend Folklife Festival - Saturday, September 1, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. How better to celebrate Labor Day than learning about old time 19th century labor? Experience the daily chores required to run a farm, reward your labors with music and games, and visit with a few local vendors. Union Major General William T. Sherman’s army visited Jarrell Plantation during their March to the Sea. Admission: $4.00 to $6.50. 478-986-5172, http://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


GA-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, September 1, 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-Pickett’s Mill Guided Battlefield Tours - Saturday, September 1, 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 tour is 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


AL-The Battle for Decatur - Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Point Mallard Park, 2901 Point Mallard Circle SE, Decatur AL. The Battle for Decatur reenactment commemorates the 4-day battle during October 1864, telling the story of Decatur’s significant role in the War Between the States. Battles at 2:00 pm each day. Activities include a living history of daily camp life, Civil War relic displays, drill and firing of muskets, mounted cavalry patrols, Civil War related items for sale and more. A guided tour along Decatur’s Civil War Walking Tour through the Historic District is offered on Saturday. FREE admission. 256-350-2028, www.decaturcvb.org


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield – September 2, 3 & 16, 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-25th Annual Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, September 7 through 9, 215 Clisby Austin Road, Tunnel Hill GA. The cannon blast, the horses charge and the soldiers give the Rebel yell as they clash in authentic conflict on the historic grounds of Tunnel Hill. The reenactment also includes Southern foods, sutler tents, encampments and an awesome experience! Visitors can walk through the 1,477 foot long railroad tunnel built in 1850, tour the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center, and General Sherman’s one-time headquarters at the historic Clisby Austin House. Friday is “school day;” Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for the general public. Tunnel Hill and its Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails® interpretive marker # 8 are located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. Admission: Adults $10.00, which includes admission to the tunnel, museum and house, Children ages 12 & under are free. 706-876-1571, www.civilwarrailroadtunnel.com


GA-Avenue of Flags at Andersonville - September 7 through 20, 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-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, September 8, 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).


GA-Geology Hike to Manchester Mill - Saturday, September 8, 10:00 am to 1:00 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


AL-General Joe Wheeler Birthday Celebration - Saturday, September 8, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Home, 12280 Alabama Highway 20, Hillsboro AL. Explore the grounds of General Wheeler’s home and enjoy his favorite type of cake. Come see re-enactors firing a working Civil War cannon and cavalry re-enactors demonstrating drills on their horses. Lunch will be available for purchase. The grounds will be filled with live music as a country music group performs on the front porch of the museum. Admission to the grounds is FREE. Admission to the Wheeler House is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, college students & military, and $3.00 for children ages 6 to 18. 256-637-8513, http://preserveala.org/pondspringwheeler.aspx


SC-By the Sweat of Our Brows - Saturday, September 8, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. Please join us at our annual event, “By the Sweat of Our Brow,” as we honor the rich legacy of the Bratton family’s enslaved African-Americans and their descendants known today as the “Seven Sacred Families.” Hear stories from the past and explore Brattonsville Plantation. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors (age 60+) $7.00, Children (ages 4 to 17) $5.00. 803-684-2327, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9, 11:00 to 3:00 pm each day, Front field near the Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. This program will consist of a step-by-step description and demonstration of basic infantry tactics and culminate in a musket firing. 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-Civil War Music Program - Saturdays, September 8 & 15, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm each day, 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


AL-Alabama in the Civil War - Thursday, September 13, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. John Sledge will speak on the topic “Alabama in the Civil War” 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


GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, September 15, 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. An additional Saturday battlefield bicycle tours is scheduled for October 20. 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. 423-752-5213 ext. 139, kim_coons@nps.gov


GA-Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery - Saturday, September 15, 2:00 pm, TLE Christian Academy, 2765 South Main Street SW, Kennesaw GA. David Moore, Executive Director of Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, will speak on the history of the cemetery. Included among the cemetery’s “residents” are nearly 7,000 Confederate veterans and Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. Oakland Cemetery 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. www.kennesawhistoricalsociety.org/


GA-Harvest at the Homestead - Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 10:00 to 4:00 pm each day, Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth GA. Join us for two days of pioneering fun. We will have live music, crafts, games, weapons demonstrations and more. All activities will take place at the Vaughn Log Cabin, located behind the old Park Office. Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-975-0055, http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


GA-Hurricane Shoals Annual Civil War Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, Hurricane Shoals Park, 416 Hurricane Shoals Road, Maysville GA. Come to the Heritage Village within Hurricane Shoals Park for both days of the Art in the Park Festival to enjoy our annual reenactment as well as tours of cabins; blacksmith and folk art and historical craft demonstrations; TWS Produce & Plant Stand; Hit & Miss Engines as well as Civil War Union and Confederate camps with drills, history, cooking & haversack displays; military and civilian wares for sale from sutlers. Join us 12:30 pm on Sunday for an old fashioned church service in the chapel. Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. FREE admission. 706-367-6350, www.hurricaneshoalspark.org/reenactment


GA-155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga - September 15 & 16, and 18 through 20, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga with a series of ranger-guided tours, hikes, lectures and living history demonstrations. Beginning on September 18, 1863, Union and Confederate forces clashed along the banks of West Chickamauga Creek. At stake were the fortunes of the fledgling Confederacy and the future of the United States and its citizens. For three days the armies struggled through the woods and fields here, leaving behind the broken dreams and lives of thousands of young men cut down in the prime of life. 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. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


GA-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, September 16, 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


AL-Enemy Combatants: Black Soldiers in Confederate Hands - Monday, September 17, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, University of South Alabama, 307 North University Boulevard, Mobile AL. Dr. Thomas Ward of Spring Hill College will speak during the monthly meeting of the Mobile, Alabama War Between the States / Civil War Roundtable. Meeting is in the cafeteria conference room in the dorm area. FREE admission. www.facebook.com/groups/1428716707246996/permalink/1646628392122492/?comment_id=1646658935452771&reply_comment_id=1646797425438922¬if_id=1526976474318431¬if_t=group_comment_mention


GA-The Battle of South Mountain - Monday, September 17, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Brian Jordan, Professor of History at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, will speak on the topic entitled “The Battle of South Mountain” during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


GA-Historic Pews & Pulpits Fall Tour - Friday, September 21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, meet at Home Depot, 2490 Meadow Crest Road, Greensboro GA. Join us for our Historic Pews & Pulpits Fall Ramble. This bus tour will visit five historic rural churches constructed between 1773 and 1886 in Greene, Hancock, McDuffie, Taliaferro and Warren Counties of east-central Georgia. Three of the five churches pre-date the Civil War. Meet at Home Depot in Greensboro before 9:00 am. Reservations required. Cost: $60.00/person, which includes lunch. 706-465-9604, www.historicpewsandpulpits.com/


SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Saturday, September 22, 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 on the following dates during the remainder of 2018:

---September 22 - National Public Lands Day

---November 11 - Veterans Day

These FREE admission days include 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 Days at Fort Pulaski - Saturday, September 22, 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 on the following dates during the remainder of 2018:

---September 22 - National Public Lands Day

---November 11 - Veterans Day

These FREE admission days include 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


SC-19th Century Games at the Heyward House - Saturday, September 22, 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-Georgia’s State Parks Day - Saturday, September 29, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Georgia’s state parks and historic sites statewide! Lend a helping hand improving and preserving Georgia’s priceless jewels...its state parks and historic sites! Included are MANY parks and historic sites related to the Civil War era. This is their most important volunteer day of the year! There will be cleaning and clearing of branches and debris, painting, small construction jobs and more as we work to make our state’s parks and historic sites beautiful and pristine! Wear suitable work clothes; hours vary by location. Volunteers will be provided with a token of appreciation from Georgia State Parks! 770-389-7286, http://gastateparks.org/


GA-Volunteer Work Day at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, 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-Artillery Demonstrations at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, September 29, 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-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Sunday, September 30, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, At the 24-Gun Battery, 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/