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GA-Wilbur G. Kurtz: Historic Views of Cobb County - Friday & Saturday, June 1 & 2, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, William Root House Museum and Garden, 80 North Marietta Parkway NW. Marietta GA. A special exhibition featuring photos, research materials, and artwork from famed Atlanta historian Wilbur G. Kurtz. It features historic photos of some of Cobb County’s most recognizable landmarks, including the Lost Mountain Store, Kennesaw Mountain, and the Marietta Freight Depot. The exhibition will also include original artworks by Kurtz featuring Marietta's Rockford Plantation and a depiction of the Great Locomotive Chase. Items related to Kurtz's role as historian and technical advisor for “Gone With the Wind” will also be on display. Marietta is on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors (ages 65+), Students & Military $6.00. 770-426-4982, www.roothousemuseum.com/


GA-Anniversary of the Battle of Pickett's Mill and History Hike - Friday through Sunday, June 1 through 3, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Experience reenactors and living history demonstrations. Learn what it was like to be a refugee. Interact with soldiers and civilians. Go on a guided history hike that goes to a cornfield to see an important part of the battle. 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/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. Admission: Adults $5.50, Seniors (ages 62+) $3.50, Youth (ages 6 to 17) $3.00. 770-443-7850, http://georgiastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


GA-Civil War on the Homefront - Wednesdays through Saturdays, June 1 through 30, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, William Root House Museum & Garden, 80 North Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta GA. Travel back in time to the American Civil War. The house, which was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers, was abandoned by the Root family in June 1864 and left to the advancing Union Army. During this special exhibit the ransacked parlor and dining room will show what the family may have left behind after fleeing to safety in Washington, Georgia. The City of Marietta is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/index.html. Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors (ages 65+), Students & Military $6.00. 770-426-4982, www.roothousemuseum.com/civilwar.html


GA-Constitution of the Confederate States of America - Saturday, June 2, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Russell Special Collections Building, University of Georgia, 300 South Hull Street, Athens GA. This special one-day exhibit will highlight some of the more fragile and rare items held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Items on display include an original Constitution of the Confederate States of America, gold coins from the Dahlonega branch of the United States Mint, plus other rare and one-of-a-kind documents. FREE admission. www.libs.uga.edu/news/vault  


AL-B.Y.O. (Bring Your Own) Bike Tour - Saturday, June 2, 10:00 to 11:00 am, Old Cahawba, 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville AL. Explore Alabama's most famous 19th century ghost town on two wheels! During this one-hour tour, your guide will lead you over four miles of mostly unpaved roads, exploring a landscape of relics, ruins and graveyards. Bring your bike, water and snacks. Admission: $8.00. 334-872-8058, http://ahc.alabama.gov/properties/cahawba/cahawba.aspx


GA-History Hunt on National Trails Day - Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Take a walk on our half-mile trail through the historic plantation and answer questions based on what you see. Visitors that complete the hunt will earn a prize. 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-“The Rock of Chickamauga”: Panel Discussion and Battlefield Tour - Saturday, June 2, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Visitor Center, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. A special panel discussion and battlefield tour about General George H. Thomas, the 14th Corps’ commander at Chickamauga. This year’s panel participants include Dave Powell, author of The Maps of Chickamauga; Dr. Frank Varney, author of General Grant and the Rewriting of History; and Dr. Brian Steel Wills, author of George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel. The one-hour panel discussion begins inside the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center’s theater at 11:00 am, while a special one-hour car caravan tour about General Thomas begins in the Visitor Center’s lobby at 1:00 pm. 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. 423-867-6940 ext. 139, kim_coons@nps.gov


GA-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, June 2, 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


SC-Summer Soiree - Saturday, June 2, 6:00 to 9:30 pm, Newberry Community Hall, 1207 Caldwell Street, Newberry SC. You are cordially invited to a delightful evening of Victorian dancing! Light refreshments will be provided at the dance and there are a number of nearby restaurants where you can enjoy dinner before the event. Tickets: $35.00, must be purchased in advance. 864-244-2732, http://southernvictoriansoiree.blogspot.com/


GA-Civil War Music Program - Saturdays, June 2 & 9, 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


GA-Self-Guided Tours of Gordon-Lee Mansion - Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 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®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, http://friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


GA-Pickett’s Mill Guided Battlefield Tours - Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2:00 to 4:00 pm each day, 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 tours are 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-Explore Mobile - Sunday, June 3, 1:00 to 6:00 pm, Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street, Mobile AL. Many of the City of Mobile’s tourist attractions have come together to celebrate the second annual Explore Mobile! Enjoy live music, food, activities, as well free/discounted admission to the city’s tourist attractions. Attendees will be able to explore 300 years of Mobile History inside the History Museum of Mobile, experience Colonial life inside the walls of the Colonial Fort of Mobile, gaze upon the period rooms of the Conde-Charlotte Museum House, step back in time as they navigate the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail and more! Some of the other featured attractions include Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion and many others! Admission fees. www.exploremobile.org


SC-Dig in the Dirt - Tuesday, June 5, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. Crops and gardens equaled survival for the Bratton family. Learn about heritage plants, garden cycles and more as you dig in the dirt with costumed interpreters throughout the historic site. 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, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


AL-Tuesday Evening Fort Morgan Tours - Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 & 26, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Vignettes of Fort Morgan’s Civil War history are brought to life each Tuesday evening in June. Historical interpreters, portraying members of the garrison, tell about the lives of the soldiers during the fort’s most turbulent years. Demonstrations of Civil War small arms drill will occur throughout the evening as well as the firing of one of the fort’s artillery pieces at the conclusion of the tour.  Admission: Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-Battle of Jackson, Mississippi - Thursday, June 7, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Jim Woodrick 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-Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation - June 8, 13, 16, 22, 27 & 30, 7:00 to 8:30 pm each evening, Hofwyl-Broadfield State Historic Site, 5556 U.S. Hwy. 17 North, Brunswick GA. Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. As you walk beneath centuries old Live Oaks, explore the slave cabins and out-buildings on the plantation and a lantern tour of the main house you will hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Low Country rice fields. Admission: $15.00. 912-264-7333, http://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, June 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®: 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).


SC-Kensington Mansion Tours - Saturday, June 9, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 1031 Main Street, Eastover SC. International Paper and Historic Columbia are opening Kensington Mansion for special two-hour public tours beginning at 9:00 am, 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm. The tours will focus on the recently completed restoration and rehabilitation of the mansion, the site’s unique architectural features and information about the families who lived and worked at the site. Kensington is a historic antebellum landmark near Columbia SC. Recent work to the property focused on maintaining the historical integrity of the mansion. It is considered a hybrid restoration and rehabilitation because it included preserving, repairing and/or replacing existing fabric, while restoring and upgrading systems to ensure the property is functional and safe. Work on the mansion included a full roof replacement and significant interior and exterior repairs. Tickets: $10.00. 803-252-7742, www.historiccolumbia.org/kensington


GA-4th Annual Camp McDonald Day - Saturday, June 9, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Camp McDonald Park, 2726 Watts Drive, Kennesaw GA. Visit Camp McDonald, site of Georgia’s largest military training camp during the Civil War. Witness living historians, artillery crews, tours of the site, historical lectures and more! FREE admission. www.civilwarhistorian.net


GA-Geology Hike to Manchester Mill - Saturday, June 9, 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


GA-Juneteenth at the Jepson - Saturday, June 9, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York Street, Savannah GA. Bring your entire family in celebration of “Juneteenth at the Jepson.” Gullah/Geechee historical and craft presentations will take place throughout the day. There will be interactive art activities for the entire family. Juneteenth commemorates the date of June 19, 1865 when occupying Federal troops in Texas at the end of the Civil War declared all African-American slaves to be free. FREE admission. 912-790-8800, www.telfair.org/visit/jepson/


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - June 10, 23 & 24, 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/


SC-The Burning of Bluffton - Monday, June 11, 6:00 pm, Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, 46 Colcock Street, Bluffton SC. Join us for a lecture by historian Jeff Fulgham, author of “The Bluffton Expedition: The Burning of Bluffton, SC, During the Civil War.” Mr. Fulgham will discuss the events leading up to and taking place during the Burning of Bluffton. Admission: $5.00. 843-757-6293.


SC-Four-Legged Farm Fun - Tuesday, June 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. The Bratton Plantation was alive with horses, cows, sheep, pigs and more.  Join costumed interpreters, meet our four-legged friends, and help with their work on the farm. 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, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


GA-“War Outside My Window” - Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Blue and Gray Museum, 116 North Johnston Street, Fitzgerald GA. Presentation and book signing by Janet Elizabeth Croon, editor of the new book “War Outside My Window.” It is the diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, a Macon boy who was left physically disabled after a leg and back injury, and the events he saw unfold from the beginning of the Civil War until its end and his death in 1865. FREE admission. 229-426-5069, http://fitzgeraldga.org/blue-and-gray-museum.html


AL-The Atlanta Campaign - Thursday, June 14, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. Author and historian Stephen Davis will speak on the topic “The Atlanta Campaign: Peach Tree Creek to the Surrender” 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-Juneteenth at the Old Governor’s Mansion - Friday, June 15, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Old Governor’s Mansion, 120 South Clarke Street, Milledgeville GA. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, is a holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States at the end of the Civil War. In honor of Juneteenth, join us for an enlightening afternoon on the history of slavery at Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion through a lecture on Georgia’s Civil War era Governor Joseph E. Brown's nursemaid Emma and our specialty tour “Labor Behind the Veil.” The tour explores in depth the history of slavery and African Americans at the Mansion. The Old Governor’s Mansion is located on the “Left 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 to the lecture is free. Admission to the tour is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for students. 478-445-4545, www.gcsu.edu/mansion


SC-Bluffton Community Celebration of Juneteenth - Friday & Saturday, June 15 & 16, Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center, and Oyster Factory Park, Bluffton SC. A celebration of emancipation and freedom with special guest Joe McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project and nationally-recognized educator and speaker. Juneteenth is named for the date of June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was publicly read in Galveston, Texas at the end of the Civil War, proclaiming that all enslaved people were forevermore free. On Friday, June 15, at the Heyward House, Joe McGill will lead a presentation and discussion between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. That evening, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm there will be a dialogue around the fire pit with Joe, followed by an overnight slave cabin sleepover (free to the first 25 sign-ups). On Saturday, June 16, at Oyster Factory Park between 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm there will be a Kids’ Zone, speakers, a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, tours of the Garvin-Garvey Freedman's Cottage and live music! Food and crafts will be for sale. Make plans now to join us! Admission to most events is FREE. 843-757-6293.


SC-Secessionville 1862: Commemoration and Living History - Friday through Sunday, June 15 through 17, Fort Lamar Historic Preserve, Fort Lamar Road, Charleston SC. This is a “living history” event to commemorate the Battle of Secessionville that occurred on June 16th, 1862 on James Island. Both Union and Confederate reenactors will portray early war units. Authenticity will be important as this ground is the actual battlefield. Educational exhibitors, authentic period camping, infantry and artillery will be in attendance. FREE admission. 303-893-0552, carolinarifles@comcast.net


AL-Living History at Confederate Memorial Park - Saturday, June 16, 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, http://preserveala.org/confederatepark


GA-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, June 16, 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 July 21, August 18, September 15 and 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-Bishop-General Leonidas Polk Memorial Service - Saturday, June 16, 10:30 am, near 1437 Beaumont Drive, Kennesaw GA. The public is invited to the annual memorial service for Bishop &Confederate Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk. The keynote address will be delivered by John Evans portraying the Reverend Archibald Everhart, Chaplain to the Bishop-General’s army headquarters officers. In 1902 the United Confederate Veterans constructed a monument on the spot where Bishop-General Polk fell during the 1864 Atlanta Campaign. The closest address for parking is 1437 Beaumont Drive, Kennesaw. The actual site is reached by driving on Stilesboro Road. Beaumont Drive is a “T” intersection with Stilesboro to the south. It comes off between the intersections of Pine Mountain Circle (to the east) and Duxbury Lane (to the west). A marker is on the right hand side at the path leading to the site. The monument is just off Beaumont Drive in Kennesaw, atop Pine Mountain. GPS coordinates: 33° 59.337′ N, 84° 38.759′ W. FREE admission. www.geocities.ws/scv1446/


SC-Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 16, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Mitchelville Freedom Park, 229 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island SC. Juneteenth Celebration features music, food, children’s activities, reenactors, story-tellers and more! Juneteenth commemorates the date of June 19, 1865 when occupying Federal troops in Texas at the end of the Civil War declared all African-American slaves to be free. Admission: Adults $10.00, Children (under age 10) are admitted free. http://exploremitchelville.org/events/juneteenth-celebration-at-mitchelville-freedom-park


GA-“The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865” - Saturday, June 16, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Visitor Center, Chickamauga Battlefield. 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Janet Elizabeth Croon, editor of “The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860 - 1865,” will be available to speak with you and sign copies of a highly anticipated book. LeRoy Wiley Gresham was born in 1847 to a slave-holding family in Macon, Georgia. At the age of eight, LeRoy severely injured his leg, which left him crippled. LeRoy’s mother gave him a blank journal so that he could record his upcoming journey to see a medical specialist in Philadelphia. LeRoy, then 12 years old, began writing almost every day. His writings would become a primary source outlining events during the Civil War in addition to detailing his personal hardships. The War Outside My Window looks into the thoughts of a teenager who watched the Confederacy die as he was dying himself. Intimate, observant, thoughtful, often amusing, his diary offers a heartrending portrait of courage by a young man robbed of his youth, a personal tragedy amid the decline and collapse of the South. 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. 706-866-9287, mariemaquar@easternnational.org


SC-Harriet Tubman Show - June 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24, Greenville & Spartanburg SC. Harriet Tubman escaped slavery then helped others to do the same via the Underground Railroad. No single act in Tubman’s life freed more people than the Combahee River Raid in South Carolina. What courage did it take for a fugitive slave to return to the South, sneak into Confederate-controlled South Carolina and ultimately lead soldiers in raiding rice plantations along the Combahee River freeing 700+ slaves? Actress Becky Stone portrays Harriet Tubman, this larger than life and courageous hero, in a moving performance. FREE admission. 864-244-1499, www.greenvillechautauqua.org/

Multiple performance dates, times & locations:

---Saturday, June 16, 2:00 pm, Greenville Technical College, TRC Auditorium, 506 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville SC.

---Monday, June 18, 11:30 am, Phyllis Wheatley Center, 40 John McCarroll Way, Greenville SC.

---Wednesday, June 20 to Sunday, June 24, 11:30 am each day, The Kroc Center, 424 Westfield Street, Greenville SC.

---Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm, Spartanburg Headquarters Library, Barrett Room, 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg SC.

---Sunday, June 24, 7:00 pm, Greenville Technical College Tent, 800 East Faris Road, Greenville SC (In the event of rain this performance will be moved inside the Auditorium).


SC-Clara Barton Show - June 16, 22 & 24, Greenville SC. Clara Barton was the founder of the American Red Cross. Her efforts during the Civil War inspired that work and helped transform American beliefs about the roles of women in society. The Civil War provided Barton an opportunity to prove she had the character, firmness of purpose and determination to expand the limits of what was possible. Actress Leslie Goddard portrays Clara Barton, this larger than life and courageous hero, in a moving performance. FREE admission. 864-244-1499, www.greenvillechautauqua.org/

Multiple performance dates, times & locations:

---Saturday, June 16, 7:30 pm, Greenville Technical College Tent, 800 East Faris Road, Greenville SC (In the event of rain this performance will be moved inside the Auditorium).

---Friday, June 22, 11:30 am, Centre Stage, 501 River Street, Greenville SC.

---Sunday, June 24, 11:30 am, Greenville Technical College, TRC Auditorium, 506 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville SC.


GA-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, June 17, 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


GA-The Burning of Darien - Monday, June 18, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Buddy S. Sullivan, Historian and Author from Darien, Georgia, will speak on the topic entitled “The Burning of Darien” during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


GA-The History and Moving of the Atlanta Cyclorama Mural - Thursday, June 21, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA. Grant Mosley, lead architect for the construction of the new Cyclorama building at the Atlanta History Center, will discuss the history and moving of the Atlanta Cyclorama mural. FREE admission, but on-line registration is required: www.portcolumbus.org/registration  


SC-Music in the Mansion - Saturday, June 23, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union SC. Music of the mid 1800s contributed greatly to later forms of American music. Join us in the ballroom at Rose Hill’s mansion as we examine the tunes that served as a background to the Civil War. Accomplished performer, Dr. Brennan Szafron, organist and choir-master of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg SC, will take us on a melodic journey to examine how music kept spirits high during dark times. Light refreshments will be available during intermission. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Admission: $10.00. 864-427-5966, https://southcarolinaparks.com/rose-hill


GA-Candlelight Hike to the Mill - Saturday, June 23, 9:00 to 10:30 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This one mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes to the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester alongside the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek. Candle lanterns are provided. No children under 6 years or dogs permitted. No reservations. Admission: $5.00 per person plus $5.00 parking; cash only. 770-732-5871, http://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 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/


SC-All That Wool! - Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. Join our historic interpreters and help with washing, carding and spinning wool to turn a raw, dirty fleece into beautiful, handspun yarn. 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, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


GA-Avenue of Flags at Andersonville - June 29 through July 11, 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


AL-Salute to American Independence - Saturday, June 30, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Historical interpreters dressed in uniforms from different eras of the fort’s occupation will conduct special guided tours throughout the day. Additionally, artillery, small arms and other presentations will demonstrate the complexities of military garrison life at Fort Morgan. Admission: Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00. 251-540-5257, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-Independence Day Celebration at Fort McAllister - Saturday, June 30, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fort McAllister Historic State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Join us as we celebrate our country’s birthday and our right to be free. Watch Civil War drilling, rifle and cannon firings! Also join in sack races, egg toss, wheel barrow races and other old-timey games. Fresh watermelon will be available too! You can even join in a Civil War-era baseball game! 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-Volunteer Work Day at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, June 30, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, 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-Independence Day Celebration at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, June 30, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. See demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and chores, participate in crafts activities, hear the Declaration of Independence at noon, partake in outdoor games, races and watermelon eating contest. 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-8th Regiment Band Patriotic Concert - Saturday, June 30, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse, 135 Dalton Street, Ellijay GA. The 8th Regiment Band portrays the history of the times, both Union Blue and Confederate Gray. For over 30 years they have presented carefully selected music and stories from the 19th century, with 30 original horns and bass drum from that era. The band is a re-creation of a regimental brass band from the Civil War period. They perform historical, patriotic music with shades of Red, White, and Blue. Tickets: $19.00 to $21.00. 706-635-5605, gilmerarts@gilmerarts.org