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AL-Tuesday Evening Fort Morgan Tours - Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6:00 to 7:00 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 July. 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: $10.00 per person. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation - July 3, 5, 6, 12 & 20, 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, https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation


GA-Ol’ Time Fourth at Jarrell Plantation - Thursday, July 4, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette GA. Celebrate Independence Day at the plantation! Hear the Declaration of Independence read at noon, enjoy outdoor games like a skillet toss competition, sack race, and tug of war at 12:30. Also, sign up for the watermelon eating contest and experience living history demonstrations like blacksmithing, spinning, and weaving. A portion of 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, https://gastateparks.org/JarrellPlantation


GA-Civil War Music - Friday, July 5, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Visitor Center, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw 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 amongst the soldiers. Come join musicians and living historians 3 Rivers Fife and Drum as they demonstrate Civil War music with fife and drum. 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-Independence Day Celebration at Fort McAllister - Saturday, July 6, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Join us as we celebrate our country’s birthday. Watch Civil War drilling, rifle and cannon firings! Compete in sack races, egg toss, wheel barrel races and other old-timey games. Fresh watermelon will be available too. You can even participate in a Civil War-era baseball game! 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 (ages 62+) $8.00, youth (ages 6 to 17) $5.00. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-Civil War Student Militia for Kids - Saturday, July 6, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Richmond Hill Historical Museum, 11460 Ford Avenue, Richmond Hill GA. Experience life as a Civil War soldier! Participants in grades 5th through 12th will enlist as Georgia Militia with a historical interpreter in period clothing who will lead them through the Savannah area’s Civil War history. Students will experience interactive demonstrations and participatory activities that may include wooden musket drill, marching practice, Signal Corps training and more! Registration $12.00 per child. 912-756-3697, www.richmondhillhistoricalsociety.com/


GA-Gordon-Lee Mansion Summer Tours - Saturdays, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 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-Decisions at Stones River - Thursday, July 11, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. Matt Spruill will speak on the topic “Decisions at Stones River” 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, July 11, 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-Junior Ranger “Civil War Heritage Trail” Road Trip - Thursday through Saturday, July 11 through 13, 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


GA-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, July 13, 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).


GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturday, July 13, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, 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®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-Weather and the Civil War - Monday, July 15, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA.  Dr. Cary Mock, climatologist and professor in the Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia, presents on “Weather and the Civil War: An Overview,” spotlighting records from period Navy logs during the bi-monthly meeting of the Augusta Civil War Round Table. Free admission for first time visitors. 706-736-2909, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com


GA-Junior Ranger Camp (for ages 10 to 12) at Fort McAllister - Monday through Friday, July 15 through 19, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each day, Fort McAllister State Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Junior Rangers will discover more about Georgia’s Civil War history, march through the woods and marshes, learn about the environment, archery, and become stewards of Georgia’s natural and environmental wonders! 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. Registration: $100.00 per child. Please register early to secure your spot. 912-727-2339, http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-History Hike: Iron Hill Trail - Thursday, July 18, 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, July 20, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, on Mountain top, 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-Oakland Cemetery and the Civil War - Sunday, July 21, 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/