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GA-Dalton Civil War Show - Saturday & Sunday, February 2 & 3, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday, Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton GA. Annual Civil War relics show featuring the best in weapons, swords, dug items, uniforms, books and more. Free appraisals. Dalton 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 $10.00, under age 12 are free with adult. 770-630-7296, www.mkshows.com


GA- Winter Vistas: Kershaw’s Brigade - Sunday, February 3, 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Come participate in this driving and hiking tour exploring a part of Chickamauga Battlefield not often seen, the terrain that caused one Union general to say the battle was “Bushwhacking on a grand scale.” From late morning through the afternoon of September 20, 1863, chaos reigned on the battlefield as Union and Confederate soldiers groped through the forest and blindly stumbled into one another in the fields and forests that define Chickamauga Battlefield. This tour will take advantage of the lack of foliage to examine the field that could not be seen in 1863, allowing participants to view the terrain features that played such an important role for the men of General Joseph Kershaw’s South Carolina Brigade as they experienced the battle. This walk will be approximately one mile, so wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the conditions. Chickamauga Battlefield is 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


AL-Fort Morgan’s History Presentations - Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Fort Morgan State Historic Site, 51 Alabama Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL. Our Site Historian will provide insights on various periods of Fort Morgan's history in the outside presentation space. The series will rotate these four topics: 1) Fort Bowyer, 2) Construction of the fort, 3) the Civil War, and 4) the Modern Era. Admission to the fort: Adults $7.00, Students & Seniors (65+) $5.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $4.00. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-Phil Sheridan and the Last Battle of Winchester - Thursday, February 7, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Historian Scott Patchan 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-Friday at the Forge - Fridays, February 8 & 22, 4:00 to 5:00 pm each day, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Our fort blacksmiths are going to heat up some metal! Come and learn all about how a blacksmith’s forge works. As we work the hot metal we will also be casting musket balls. Fort McAllister is located at the termination of the “Right Wing” historic driving route for the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf. Admission: Adults $9.00, Seniors (62+) $8.00, Youth (ages 6 to 17) $5.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, February 9, 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).


SC-African-American Heritage at Hampton Plantation - Saturday, February 9, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, 1950 Rutledge Road, McClellanville SC. Experience firsthand the life of Hampton Plantation's enslaved population and their contributions to Hampton Plantation and South Carolina history. There will be a cooking demonstration by Dontavius Williams and a brick-making demonstration by Rodney Prioleau. Christine Mitchell and Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, will talk about the history of slavery in South Carolina and emancipation. Admission: Adults $15.00, Children $7.50, which includes a house tour and access to the program. 843-546-9361, https://southcarolinaparks.com/hampton


GA-Camp Lawton Guided Tour - Saturday, February 9, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Magnolia Springs State Park, 1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen GA. Take a guided tour through the historic Camp Lawton Civil War prison sites. Learn about the fascinating events that transpired here and take a walk back in time. Come early to also tour the museum. Magnolia Springs State Park is located on the “Left Wing” historic driving route of the March to the Sea Heritage Trail®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf. Admission: $4.00 per person, plus $5.00 parking. 478-982-1660, https://gastateparks.org/MagnoliaSprings


GA-Lift Every Voice: African Americans & Civil War Navies - Saturdays, February 9, 16 & 23, 12:00 noon & 2:30 pm, National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive, Columbus GA. The museum commemorates Black History Month with a special guided tour and program. Included is an interactive tour with first person living history interpretations. This program offers patrons a variety of stories, highlighting the Navy experience through the eyes of African American nurses, pilots, sailors and engineers. Additionally, patrons get a front row seat to the accomplishments of Horace King, Susie King Taylor, John Lawson, Moses Dallas , Benjamin H. Gray, Robert Smalls, and Mary Louvestre as told through performances by professional actors. Tickets: $6.00. 706-327-9798, www.portcolumbus.org/tickets


GA-Super Sunday at A. H. Stephens - Sunday, February 10, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, A. H. Stephens State Park, 456 Alexander Street NW, Crawfordville GA. Come out to enjoy a FREE tour of the site. You’ll learn about some of the weapons used during the American Civil War, the life and times of Alexander H. Stephens and his role in the creation of our state park. FREE admission. 706-456-2602, https://gastateparks.org/AHStephens


GA-Super Sunday at Pickett’s Mill - Sunday, February 10, 10:00 M to 4:00 pm, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Mysterious artifacts, stories of old, behind the scenes tours, and cannon firings are some of the things visitors will get to experience on a day when the museum is not normally open. Come out and help us celebrate our museum, which is a cornerstone to the preservation of our cultural heritage. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site 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. 770-443-7850, http://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


GA-“Between the Devil and the Deep Sea”: The Freedman’s Bureau in Marietta - Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street NE, Marietta GA. Join historian Jay Lutz as he discusses his research into how Marietta’s Freedman’s Bureau office aided newly free slaves after the Civil War. Marietta is located on the historic driving route of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/index.html. FREE admission. 770-794-5710, www.mariettahistory.org/


GA-Junior Ranger “Civil War Heritage Trail” Road Trip - Thursday through Saturday, February 21 through 23, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon each day,  Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas GA. Already a Junior Ranger, or want to be? Here is an opportunity to learn about history on an actual road trip to different civil war sites over a 3-day period! This program will offer hands-on and minds-on learning and adventure for youth ages 6 to 12. Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site 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. Admission charged. 770-443-7850, http://gastateparks.org/PickettsMillBattlefield


SC-Living History Through the Eyes of the Enslaved - Friday, February 22, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston SC. School groups and the general public are invited to a day of living history to include period cooking, blacksmithing and storytelling. Admission: Adults $20.00, Tri-county students (kindergarten through college) are admitted free with valid student ID. 843-571-1266, www.magnoliaplantation.com/


SC-25th Annual Battle of Aiken Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, February 22 through 24, 1210 Powell Pond Road, Aiken SC. See history come alive with cannon, cavalry and living history experts. For three days, reenactors eat, sleep, live and fight in a painfully recreated version of the world in 1865. This War Between the States event has grown from a few hundred men with muskets to a full-blown Civil War festival. In addition to battle reenactments, there are authentic 19th-century military encampments, living history presentations, reproductions of medical facilities, an engineer and signal service, musicians, and civilian portrayals. Food is available for purchase. Friday: free admission for school groups with reservations although a donation of canned goods is encouraged. Saturday & Sunday: open to the general public 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Directions: I-20 to Exit #18, SC Hwy. 19. Turn south toward Aiken. Turn left onto Powell Pond Road and follow signs. Admission: Adults $12.00, Children (ages 6 to 12) $6.00, under age 6 are free. 888-378-7623, www.battleofaiken.org/


GA-Sherman’s March Tour - Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center, East Georgia State College, 131 College Circle, Swainsboro GA. Join Dr. John K. Derden, Professor Emeritus of History at East Georgia State College, on his 31st annual bus tour of historic sites associated with Sherman’s March through East Central Georgia. As Sherman’s soldiers marched toward Savannah they passed through what are now Jenkins, Burke and Emanuel Counties in late November and early December 1864. Many of the roads, some of the houses, and a number of direct descendants of the original families are still there. The tour will include visits to the site of Camp Lawton, the Confederate built prisoner-of-war camp located at Magnolia Springs State Park near Millen. Dr. Derden is the author of a recent book, “The Largest Prison in the World: The Story of Camp Lawton,” on the history of the prison. The tour will also visit Birdsville Plantation, some of the places where General Sherman spent the night, retell stories told by families who lived along Sherman’s route, visit the Big Buckhead Church where Kilpatrick’s Federal cavalry and Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry battled, and travel on some of the actual roads Sherman’s army used. Registration: $80.00; lunch and transportation for the tour will be provided, plus each participant will receive a packet of informative material related to the march. Participants will gather at 9:00 am on February 23rd for a pre-trip orientation at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center. Deadline to register is February 20. 478-289-2133


GA-Margaret Mitchell’s Big Book and the City Too Busy to Hate: The Indelible Impact of “Gone With the Wind” - Saturday, February 23, 9:30 to 11:30 am, KSU Center, Kennesaw State University, 3333 Busbee Drive, Room 400, Kennesaw GA. The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era is hosting its 2nd annual Director’s Day. Please join us for this educational event as we listen to Dr. Jennifer Dickey speak on the impact of Margaret Mitchell's novel, “Gone With the Wind.” Come early to enjoy a continental breakfast. FREE admission, however please RSVP: 470-578-4771, srudick@kennesaw.edu


GA-Saturday Picket - Saturday, February 23, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. The fort’s plantation house will be open and ready to be explored. An interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War medicine. Fort McAllister State Park is located at the termination of the “Right Wing” historic driving route for the March to the Sea Heritage Trail: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/MarchToTheSeaBrochure.pdf. Admission: Adults $.9.00, Seniors (ages 62+) $8.00, Youth (ages 6 to 17) $5.00. 912-727-2339, https://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister