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GA-Gordon-Lee Mansion Summer Tour - Saturday, September 2, 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 from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Gordon-Lee Mansion is located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, www.friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


GA-Labor Day Weekend Celebration at Fort McAllister - Saturday, September 2, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Come out to Fort McAllister for a relaxing and entertaining day for the whole family. Civil War soldiers will be firing rifles and cannon throughout the day. Fort McAllister is the terminating location for the “Right Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®. Admission: Adults $8.00, Youth $5.00, ages 5 & below are free. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Labor Day Weekend Folklife Festival - Saturday, September 2, 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, christina.orr@dnr.ga.gov

GA-The Cost of Defeat: The Fall of Atlanta, 1864 - Saturday, September 2, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. To commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the fall of Atlanta to Sherman’s forces, our site historian will lead a brief talk about the history of the last battles of the Atlanta Campaign and its influence in ending the Civil War. A guided tour of Pickett’s Mill Battlefield is included in this program. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®. Admission: $3.00 to $5.50. 770-443-7850, www.gastateparks.org/pickettsmillbattlefield


AL-Battle For Decatur - Saturday & Sunday, September 2 & 3, 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 relics 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. 800-524-6181, www.decaturcvb.org


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday & Monday, September 3 & 4, 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. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-The Lost Gettysburg Address - Thursday, September 7, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian David Dixon 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/


SC-Robert Small Lecture - Thursday, September 7, 7:00 pm, Campus Room at Capstone, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC. How history is written and remembered will be the topic of the 20th annual Robert Smalls lecture. Thavolia Glymph, professor of history and African and African American studies at Duke University, will deliver a talk titled “Reconstruction’s Open Sore: The Promises and Perils of How We Write and Remember History.” FREE admission. http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/posts/2017/09/smalls_lecture_2017.php#.WazRmsb7KM-


GA-24th Annual Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, September 8 through 10, 288 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. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children ages 12 & under are free, which includes admission to the tunnel, museum and house. Directions: I-75, Exit #336, U.S. Hwy. 41 north 4-1/2 miles, right on Oak Street in Tunnel Hill; or I-75, Exit #339, U.S. Hwy. 41 south 4 miles, left on Oak Street. Tunnel Hill is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®. 706-876-1571, www.civilwarrailroadtunnel.com  


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, September 9, 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®. 770-427-4686, www.kennesawmountaintrailclub.org (check beforehand concerning possible cancellation due to cold or bad weather).


GA-Guided Tour of Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, September 9, 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


AL-General Joe Wheeler Birthday Celebration - Saturday, September 9, 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 and cavalry re-enactors demonstrating drills on their horses. Talk with various folk artists such as a blacksmith as they demonstrate their skills. Enjoy a pit-fire cooking demonstration, view handmade quilts on display and learn about bees and their ecosystem from representatives from the Tennessee Valley Beekeepers Association. Lunch will be available for purchase. At 1:00 pm 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


GA-153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Jonesboro - Saturday, September 9, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Stately Oaks Plantation

100 Carriage Lane, Jonesboro GA. Join us for reenactments as civilians evacuate Jonesboro and learn what happened “when the Yankees came” to the house. Watch a firing demonstration as soldiers march in formation and fire their weapons. Soldiers will portray camp life and civilian life will be demonstrated through arts, crafts and games. Watch and participate in vintage dance. Period food will be prepared in the outdoor kitchen. Admission: Adults $12.00, Seniors (ages 55+) & Military w/ ID $9.00, Children (ages 5 to 11) $6.00. 770-473-0197, www.historicaljonesboro.org


SC-By the Sweat of Our Brows - Saturday, September 9, 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. Food concessions will be available for purchase. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors (age 60+) $7.00, Children (ages 4 to 17) $5.00. 803-684-2327, www.chmuseums.org/


SC-Gullah-Geechee Culture - Saturday, September 9, 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. Admission to Fort Moultrie: Adults $3.00, Seniors $1.00. 843-883-3123, www.nps.gov/fosu


GA-Behind the Scenes Tour - Saturdays, September 9 & 23, 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-The American Civil War Online and in the Public Sphere - Thursday, September 14, 5:00 to 6:30 pm, ten Hoor Hall, Room 30, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL. Three prominent Civil War historians will discuss their experiences with using digital projects in the classroom and in their research. They will also address the ways in which the Civil War has gained relevance in today’s current political climate. FREE admission. https://history.ua.edu/the-american-civil-war-online-and-in-the-public-sphere-a-panel-discussion/


AL-Confederacy at Flood Tide - Thursday, September 14, 5:30 or 6:30 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street, Huntsville AL. Philip Leigh will speak on the topic entitled “Confederacy at Flood Tide” 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, www.tvcwrt.org


GA-154th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga - Friday through Wednesday, September 15 through 20, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Commemorate the 154th 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 the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail. FREE admission. A complete program schedule, including times and descriptions, is available at the following web address: https://www.nps.gov/chch/planyourvisit/chickamauga154.htm


GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, September 16, 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. An additional Saturday battlefield bicycle tour is scheduled for October 21. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail. FREE admission. 423-752-5213 ext. 139, kim_coons@nps.gov


GA-Harvest at the Homestead - Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, 10:00 to 4:00 pm each day, Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth GA. Step back in time as talented reenactors bring our authentic 1800s homestead to life. See how pioneers prepared for the cold winter months. There will be demonstrations and activities for all ages including cooking, crafts, music and more. Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-975-0055, http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


GA-Hurricane Shoals Annual Civil War Reenactment - Saturday & Sunday, September 16 & 17, 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, http://www.hurricaneshoalspark.org/reenactment


GA-Cheatham Hill Guided History Walks - Sunday, September 17, 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. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain - Sunday, September 17, 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, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-The Untold Civil War - Monday, September 18, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Dr. James Robertson, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, will speak during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table about new Civil War insights including the role of weather, health, female workers, pre-sized clothing, canned goods, toilets and even Santa Claus. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


GA-Blue & Gray BBQ Contest and Craft Festival - Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga GA. Enjoy our Blue & Gray BBQ Contest during the day, commemorating the great Blue & Gray BBQ of 1889 that took place on the grounds which resulted in the formation of the oldest and largest battlefield park in the United States (Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park). BBQ vendors will have their cook-off samples for sale, and arts and crafts vendors will be on the grounds. Gordon-Lee Mansion is located on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail. The Gordon-Lee Mansion will be open for tours. Admission to tour mansion: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, www.friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


AL-Mule Day - Friday through Sunday, September 22 through 24, 1052 U.S. Highway 43, Winfield AL. One of the largest outdoor festivals in the southeast. 400+ vendors, music, parade, markets, car show, tractor show, Civil War reenactment and much more! 6:00 pm Friday through Sunday afternoon. FREE admission. 205-487-4337, http://winfieldcity.org/


GA-Adairsville Depot History Museum and Welcome Center Grand Re-Opening - Sunday, September 24, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Adairsville Rail Depot Age of Steam, 101 Public Square NW, Adairsville GA. The public is invited to the grand re-opening of the Adairsville Depot History Museum and Welcome Center. During the past year this historic depot's exhibits have been reorganized and revitalized to depict the grand history of Adairsville. Visitors can now read panels containing vital information of Adairsville from the 19th century, learn about rail transportation and its effect on the region, see displays about the "Great Locomotive Chase" (a.k.a. “Andrew's Raid”) and much more. Following a ribbon cutting led by Adairsville Mayor Ken Carson, staff will be on hand to answer questions as visitors tour the newly-renovated museum displays including two model train exhibits depicting the Great Locomotive Chase and Adairsville, past and present. The Adairsville Depot is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®. FREE admission. 770-773-3451, www.adairsvillega.net


GA-Civil War Writers Symposium - Friday & Saturday, September 29 & 30, Mercer University, Cecil B. Day Hall, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta GA. Inaugural symposium of Civil War era writers sponsored by Mercer University - Atlanta campus. Friday evening keynote address by Coach Vince Dooley, a multiple Civil War era book author and member of the Board of Trustees for Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails®. Saturday's line-up of authors will speak on topics including unit histories, women, battles, leaders, letters, remembrances and more. Book signings and a tour of work on the restoration of the Atlanta Cyclorama painting included. Sessions begin at 7:00 pm on Friday, 9:00 am on Saturday. Registration: Adults $75.00, Students $50.00. 866-895-1472, www.mupress.org


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, www.adairsvillega.net


GA-National Public Lands Day at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, September 30, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Join other volunteers taking part in National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States. This year’s activities at Chickamauga Battlefield will focus on the walking path located at the historic Brotherton Cabin (Tour Stop 4). These walkways provide easy access to the cabin site and are in need of replacing. Sign-up will start at 8:30 am in the lower parking lot of the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Come dressed for outdoor work and wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty. For safety reasons and due to the nature of the work, clothing should include long-sleeved shirts, long pants, work gloves, and tennis shoes or work boots. Prepare for the sun with a cap, sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water to drink. After the event, an interpretive program will be provided by park staff beginning at 2:00 pm. Please meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center for this program. Chickamauga Battlefield on the historic driving route of the Chickamauga/Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail. 423-752-5213x137, will_wilson@nps.gov


SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Saturday, September 30, 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 2017:

---September 30 - 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 30, 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 2017:

---September 30 - 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


GA-The Days and Times of Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, September 30, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Learn about slavery, the Civil War, industrialization, WWI and WWII, and the boll weevil infestation as living historians and volunteers explain how these events affected the Jarrell family and society as a whole. See military encampments and witness a raid on the 1847 home. 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