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AL-Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay - Saturday, August 3, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 110 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. Admission: Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6-12) $4.00. 251-540-5257, www.fort-morgan.org/


AL- 155th Battle of Mobile Bay Commemorative Day - Saturday, August 3, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fort Gaines, 109 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island AL. The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a fascinating historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This event highlights Fort Gaines integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. The cannon will be fired every 45 minutes in honor of the soldiers that fought in this pivotal battle. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family. Blacksmith demonstrations will be on hand all day in the fort’s blacksmith shop. Admission: Adults (ages 13+) $8.00, Children (ages 5 to 12) $4.00. 251-861-6992, http://dauphinisland.org/


GA-Hardee Guard Battalion “War Between the States” Weekend - Saturday & Sunday, August 3 & 4, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each day, In and near the Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Join the Hardee Guard Battalion in a plethora of living history programs and events. Examples include infantry demonstrations, live camp life tours, haversack displays and more. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Gordon-Lee Mansion Summer Tours - Saturdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga GA. The 1847 Gordon-Lee Mansion was the headquarters for Union Major General William Rosecrans immediately prior to the Battle of Chickamauga. During the battle it was a Federal army hospital. The mansion is the only remaining original structure from the Battle of Chickamauga. Gordon-Lee Mansion and the City of Chickamauga are located on the Chickamauga Campaign historic driving route portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. Admission to tour the mansion: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, http://friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


AL-Battle of Mobile - Thursday, August 8, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. Paul Brueske will speak on the topic “Battle of Mobile” during the monthly meeting of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table. FREE admission. Come at 5:30 to partake of the affordably priced chicken buffet/salad bar offered by the Elks. 256-278-5533, www.tvcwrt.org


SC-Secrets from the Grave & Moonlight Cemetery Tours - Thursday, August 8, 7:30 to 9:30 pm, Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Avenue, Columbia SC. 160+ years of history come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours. Grab your flashlight as we tour one of Columbia's oldest cemeteries and discover centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within Elmwood Cemetery, which includes hundreds of Confederate veterans. Choose from two tour options: 1) Secrets of the Grave Tour @ 7:30 pm, or 2) Moonlight Cemetery Tours @ 8:00 & 8:30 pm. Tour Elmwood Cemetery and discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of many of Columbia's prominent citizens and families from the 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets: Adults $15.00, Youth $7.00, 803-252-7742, www.historiccolumbia.org/events/


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, August 10, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, 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 Visitor Center amphitheater. 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).


AL-Futral Artifact Show - Saturday, August 10, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Village Event Center, 804 Columbus Parkway, Opelika AL. Formerly located in Dothan, this show will have multiple venders with different Indian, pre-Columbian, Civil War, fossil and related artifacts. There will be display cases, pipes, bowls, spears, arrowheads, clothing, jewelry, books, educational displays, etc. There will also be a flint knapping demonstration, raffle and refreshments. Admission: $2.00 donation.  334-821-5823, www.futralshow.com  


GA-41st Annual North Georgia Relic Hunters Civil War and Antique Firearms Show - Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11, 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®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. 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. www.ngrha.com


GA-Margaret Mitchell and “Gone With the Wind” - Sunday, August 11, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta GA. This tour visits the grave sites of Margaret Mitchell and her husband, John Marsh, as well as other Mitchell family members and pioneers of Atlanta. Meet several Oakland Cemetery "residents" that Margaret Mitchell is believed to have used as a basis for characters in her Pulitzer Prize winner novel, "Gone With the Wind." While none of the characters in Mitchell's book are specifically based on real-life people, she scrambled appearances and personalities of persons she knew and knew of to weave a compelling saga of a world turned upside down. This tour begins at the Visitors Center at the Bell Tower. Oakland Cemetery is on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/index.html. Tickets: Adults $12.00, Seniors (ages 65+) & Students (w/ ID) $6.00. 404-688-2107, https://oaklandcemetery.com/


GA-History Hike: Iron Hill Trail - Thursday, August 15, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth GA. Meet at the Iron Hill Trail parking lot for a guided tour along part of the Iron Hill Trail. Discover some of the history of Red Top Mountain before it was a state park and search for hidden gems in 19th Century iron mines. Consider bringing water for your journey. 1-7/10 mile loop with moderate terrain. The hike will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Admission: $5.00 for parking. 770-975-0055, https://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturday, August 17, 11:00 am to 3:30 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 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®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Chickamauga Battlefield - Saturday, August 24, 10:30 am to 4:00 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®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch


SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Sunday, August 25, 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 seremaining dates during 2019:

---August 25 - National Park Service Anniversary

---September 28 - 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 - Sunday, August 25, 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 these remaining dates during 2019:

---August 25 - National Park Service Anniversary

---September 28 - 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-Labor Day Weekend Folklife Celebration - Saturday, August 31, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Step back in time this Labor Day weekend, and join us as we celebrate the hard work and ingenuity of the Georgia farmers that labored to keep their plantation alive through General Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” industrialization, and the cotton boll weevil, with living history demonstrations, house tours, and activities for the whole family. A portion of 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, https://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


GA-Oakland Cemetery and the Civil War - Saturday, August 31, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta GA. Stand at the site where General Hood watched the Battle of Atlanta. Hear the story of the Great Locomotive Chase and Andrew’s Raiders. See the Lion of Atlanta as it lies wounded and dying over unknown soldiers from nearby battlefields and hospitals, and the Confederate Obelisk, at one time the tallest structure in Atlanta. This tour also explores the achievements of famous military leaders and soldiers during and after the war. This tour begins at the Visitors Center at the Bell Tower. Oakland Cemetery is on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/index.html. Tickets: Adults $12.00, Seniors (ages 65+) & Students (w/ ID) $6.00. 404-688-2107, https://oaklandcemetery.com/


AL-The Battle for Decatur - Saturday & Sunday, August 31 & September 1, 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