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GA-Fort Fisher - Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian John Moseley will speak during the monthly meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. 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/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. Admission: $5.00; first-time guests are free. cobbcivilwarrt@gmail.com, www.cobbcwrt.org/


GA-Avenue of Flags at Andersonville - November 2 through July 14, 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-Syrup Makin’ Time on the Plantation - Saturday, November 3, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. See how the Jarrell family made their very own cane syrup in one of the original kettles. Sip on sugar cane juice and enjoy demonstrations around the farm. Freshly made, hot syrup will be available to take home and enjoy at the end of the day. 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-Civil War Music Program - Saturday, November 3, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 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-The History of Indian Springs - Saturday, November 3, 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-Soldiers, the Enslaved, and Civilians - Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4, Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells SC. Living history demonstrations and battle reenactments tell stories of the Civil War’s effects on people in the Carolina Piedmont, including the Bratton family, enslaved and free African-Americans, and soldiers. Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday until 3:00 pm. Admission: Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children (ages 4-17) $5.00. 803-684-2327, http://chmuseums.org/brattonsville


AL-Gettysburg 50th Reunion - Thursday, November 8, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. Tom Flagel will speak on the topic “Gettysburg 50th Reunion” 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-2nd Annual Petersburg Rendezvous - Friday & Saturday, November 9 & 10, Bobby Brown Park, 2509 Bobby Brown State Park Road, Elberton GA. Join us for over 200+ years of Georgia history brought to life, with Revolutionary War, Civil War, and cowboy encampments, heirloom vendors, primitive craftsmen and period demonstrators. See women cooking the evening meal over an open fire, and men practicing their hawk throwing skills. Watch a blacksmith in action, and basic muzzle loading skills. Watch as militia drill from both the Revolutionary War and Civil War, and meet cowboys of the Old West. Enjoy Native American storytelling and much more. Admission: $5.00. 706-201-6784, https://petersburgrendezvo.wixsite.com/petersburgrendezvous


AL-Battles for the Armory - Friday through Sunday, November 9 through 11, 19359 Rifle Range Road, Tallassee AL. Tallassee Living History and Heritage Days features the “Battles for the Armory” Civil War reenactment. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Battles of the Armory. On Friday school children will experience “living history” of the 1860s to include culture, crafts, homemaking, dance, dress, battle, medicine and more. The public is invited on Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to see a live portrayal of a Civil War battle, as well as handmade clothing, accessories, weapons, toys and even soap-making. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children ages 10 & under are free. 334-283-4693, www.tallasseearmoryguards.org


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, November 10, 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® (http://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-Refugee Encampment - Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Experience what it was like for the Pickett family and others to be forced from their homes. Learn how the refugees had to survive and stay away from the fighting. Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site is 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 $5.50, Seniors (ages 62+) $3.50, Youth (ages 6 to 17) $3.00. 770-443-7850, http://georgiastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


GA-“Night Museum” at Andersonville - Saturday, November 10, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Andersonville National Historic Site, GA Hwy. 49, Andersonville GA. Experience the National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic Civil War prison site after dark. The museum will be open for a rare night-time opportunity to view the exhibits and experience the prison site. From the courtyard at the rear of the museum, the path to the prison site will be illuminated by candle lanterns, allowing access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Among the replica shelters will be living history volunteers portraying prison scenes. Visitors may want to bring flashlights for use while outside. During this night-time event the prison site tour road and the Andersonville National Cemetery will be closed. FREE admission. 229-924-0343, www.nps.gov/ande/


SC-Free Admission Day at Fort Moultrie - Sunday, November 11, 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. This FREE admission day includes 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 Day at Fort Pulaski - Sunday, November 11, 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. This FREE admission day includes 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-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Sunday, November 11, 11:00 to 4:00 pm, 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-Battle of Griswoldville 154th Anniversary Commemoration - Saturday, November 17, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Griswoldville Battlefield State Historic Site, Baker Road, Griswoldville (near Macon) GA. Learn about the hastily planned attempt by Georgia militia to halt Union General Sherman’s March to the Sea in November 1864. Civil War soldier life portrayals and Union and Confederate encampments followed with a noon memorial service and battlefield tours. Directions: The battlefield is 10 miles east of Macon, and two miles southeast of the small community of Griswoldville. Griswoldville Battlefield State Historic Site 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). FREE admission; donations appreciated to help preserve this historic site. 478-986-5172, http://explore.gastateparks.org/info/246873?c=14914455


GA-Iron Pour at Red Top - Saturday, November 17, 2:00 to 6:00 pm, Red Top Mountain State Park, 500 Lodge Road SE, Acworth GA. Celebrate the area's rich 19th century history and mining traditions! Meet us at the Casting Shed, behind the old Park Office. Scratch blocks on sale at 2:00 pm; limit 1 per person, while supplies last. Iron Pour begins at 6:00 pm. Event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Admission: $5.00 parking. 770-975-0055, http://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


GA-Candlelight Hike to the Mill - Saturday, November 17, 6:00 to 8:00 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-Living History at Panola Mountain - Sunday, November 18, 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-The CSS Huntsville & CSS Tuscaloosa Expedition - Monday, November 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, University of South Alabama, 307 North University Boulevard, Mobile AL. David Smithweck, local historian & author of numerous books, will discuss these two Alabama-built Confederate ironclads 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-Sherman’s Last March - Monday, November 19, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA. Philip Gerard, Professor and Chairman, Department of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, will speak on the topic entitled “Sherman’s Last March” during the monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


GA-History Hike at Jarrell Plantation - Friday, November 23, 9:30 to 11:00 am, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Instead of dashing to the mall, take a nice walk around the park. Join a park ranger and learn about the Jarrell family, the agricultural operation, and how the switch to industry helped keep the plantation going. 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-Volunteer Work Day at Jarrell Plantation - Saturday, November 24, 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-Gordon-Lee Mansion Candle-light Tour - Friday, November 30, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga GA. The mansion will be lit by dozens of candles in each room. Enjoy the live period music as well as hot cider and cookies served in the warming kitchen. The mansion was occupied by both Federal and Confederate troops at different times during the Chickamauga Campaign. Gordon-Lee Mansion is located on the Chickamauga Campaign portion of the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ga-atlanta-campaign.html. Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, www.friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html