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GA-Whitfield County History Camp - Tuesday through Thursday, July 31 through August 2, Whitfield County Historical Society, 715 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton GA. The Whitfield County History Camp is open to all rising 4th through 8th graders with an interest in local history! It includes visits to the Crown Gardens and Archives, and to many Civil War era sites: Hamilton House, Blunt House, Huff House, Dug Gap Battle Park, Prater's Mill, the tunnel at Tunnel Hill and more. Space is limited! Dalton and Whitfield County are on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: Registration: $45.00 per student; $35.00 for each additional student from the same family. 706-278-0217.

AL-The 1865 Mobile Campaign - Thursday, August 2, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Historic Oakleigh House, 300 Oakleigh Place, Mobile AL. Author and historian Paul Brueske will present a lecture and interesting tidbits about the 1865 Mobile Campaign at the end of the Civil War. Tickets: $10.00. 251-432-1281,

AL-Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan - Saturday, August 4, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Come remember the sacrifices of the United States and Confederate States Armed Forces during this pivotal naval battle and siege. Uniformed interpreters will bring the fort to life through demonstration of period drills on the fort's parade ground as well as artillery demonstration at the water battery. Special talks given by the site historians will provide insight into the events that transpired as well as introduce topics little written about in books. Admission: Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00. 251-540-5257,

GA-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, August 4, 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: Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-504-2277,

GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5, 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®: FREE admission. 770-427-4686,

SC-Historical Walking Tours - Saturdays, August 4 & 18, 10:00 am each day, 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Park, 1120 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce SC. Each guided historical walking tour is between 60 and 90 minutes long, focusing on local history along Congaree Creek. The 12,000 Year History Park is a beautiful setting to learn about the Civil War Battle of Congaree Creek and 18th century trading at Fort Congaree. National Park Service trained volunteers guide you on the trail while relating stories of the battle and trade that took place at the site. Included also are items of interest that replicate some of the things used during this period. Tours are very interactive; comments and questions are welcome. Please wear comfortable shoes, plus bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and water! 
---August 4: Battle of Congaree Creek
---August 18: Fort Congaree
Admission to all tours is FREE and a great adventure for kids! 803-765-2200,

GA-Self-Guided Tours of Gordon-Lee Mansion - Saturdays, August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm each day, Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga GA. This 1847 home was the headquarters for Union Major General William Rosecrans immediately prior to the Battle of Chickamauga. During the battle it was a Federal hospital. The mansion is the only remaining original structure from the Battle of Chickamauga. Gordon-Lee Mansion is located on the Chickamauga Campaign historic driving route portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861,

GA-Civil War Music Program - Sundays, August 5 & 19, 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®: FREE admission. 770-427-4686,

SC-School Days - Tuesday, August 7, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC.

After a long hot summer it’s time to get back to the books. Come see what school was like for the Bratton girls at their very own Brattonsville Female Seminary. Try your hand at learning without smart boards and computers. Explore the many aspects of 18th and 19th century life for the Bratton family and others in the Carolina Piedmont. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children (ages 4 to 17) $5.00. 803-684-2327,

AL-Alton Military Prison - Thursday, August 9, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. Howard Mann will speak on the topic “Alton Military Prison” 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,

GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, August 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 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-Geology Hike to Manchester Mill - Saturday, August 11, 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,

GA-Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War - Saturday, August 11, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Mable House, 5239 Floyd Road SW, Mableton GA. Dr. Brian Wills will discuss his newest book during this special fundraiser event for the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. A tour begins at 6:00 p.m. with Dr. Wills’ presentation to begin at 7:00. The Mable House is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: Cost:$10.00 per person.

GA-40th Annual North Georgia Relic Hunters Civil War and Antique Firearms Show - Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12, Cobb Civic Center, 528 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta GA. Show and sale of dug relics, guns and swords, books, frame-able prints, paper items, artillery items and currency. Lectures on numerous historical subjects. The City of Marietta is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday until 3:00 pm. Admission: Adults $6.00, Children under age 10 admitted free with adult.

AL-Living History at Confederate Memorial Park - Saturday, August 18, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Confederate Memorial Park, 437 County Road 63, Marbury AL. Please join us at Confederate Memorial Park for our Living History program. Members of the 33rd Alabama Infantry will be on duty at our Civil War Camp of Instruction site all day giving demonstrations and answering questions on soldier life during the war. Admission: Adults $4.00, Students, Seniors & Retired Military $3.00, Children (ages 6 to 18 with adult) $1.00, Active Military are free. 205-755-1990,

GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, August 18, 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. Additional Saturday battlefield bicycle tours are scheduled for September 15 and October 20. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on the Chickamauga Campaign historic driving route portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: FREE admission. 423-752-5213 ext. 139,

SC-The Olde South Ball - Saturday, August 18, 5:30 to 11:30 pm, Spartanburg Marriott, 299 North Church Street, Spartanburg SC. You are invited to an old-fashioned War Between the States Ball with music by the Blue Ridge Rounders. Dinner included. Guests should wear 1860’s attire or evening formal wear. A variety of uniquely southern, handcrafted items will be for sale. Tickets: $69.00 per person, $54.00 for single men. 864-244-2732,

GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Sunday, August 19, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Cheatham Hill, 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®: FREE admission. 770-427-4686,

GA-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, August 19, 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®: Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking. Reservations recommended. 770-389-7801,

AL-The Last Siege - Monday, August 20, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, University of South Alabama, 307 North University Boulevard, Mobile AL. Paul Brueske author of “The Last Siege,” speak on the 1865 Mobile Campaign 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.¬if_id=1526976474318431¬if_t=group_comment_mention

GA-Cardomania! How the Carte de Viste Became Facebook of the 1860s - Monday, August 20, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Ron Coddington, author of books on Civil War photography and publisher of Military Images magazine, will speak on the topic entitled “Cardomania! How the Carte de Viste Became Facebook of the 1860s” during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909,

GA-Victorian Mourning Tours - August 20 through 31, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, daily, Stately Oaks, 100 Carriage Lane, Jonesboro GA. Learn the customs of our 19th century “Victorian” ancestors regarding death and mourning. Understand why we send flowers, wear black and other accepted traditions. Jonesboro is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: Admission: Adults $12.00, Seniors (55+) & Military (w/ ID) $9.00, Children (ages 5 to 11) $6.00. 770-473-0197,

GA-Volunteer Work Day at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, August 25, 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,

SC-Quilt Block Making at the Heyward House - Saturday, August 25, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, 70 Boundary Street, Bluffton SC. Learn about quilting during the time period, and design your own quilt from designs used in the 19th century. 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,