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GA-155th Anniversary of the Battle of Pickett's Mill Reenactment - Thursday through Saturday, May 30 through June 1, Thursday & Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 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®: https://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


AL-B.Y.O. (Bring Your Own) Bike Tour - Saturday, June 1, 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-A Panel Discussion on General James Longstreet - Saturday, June 1, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, Visitor Center, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. A panel discussion featuring park staff and published historians on the role of James Longstreet in the Campaign for Chattanooga. 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


GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturdays, June 1 & 15, 11:00 am to 3:30 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®: https://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org/ga-civil-war-trails-map/ewExternalFiles/AtlantaCampaignBrochure.pdf. FREE admission. 770-427-4686, www.nps.gov/kemo/


GA-“His Restless Mind:” General Rosecrans’ Improvements and Innovations - Sunday, June 2, 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Join a park ranger for this special guided tour program examining the role of technology in the Army of the Cumberland. 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


AL-Tuesday Evening Fort Morgan Tours - Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 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 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 $10.00 per person. 251-540-7127, www.fort-morgan.org/


GA-“The Long Civil War in the North Georgia Mountains: Confederate Nationalism, Sectionalism, and White Supremacy in Bartow County, Georgia” - Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta GA. Author Keith Hebert 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-Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation - June 7, 12, 15, 21, 26 & 29, 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-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, June 8, 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-5th Annual Camp McDonald Day - Saturday, June 8, 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.campmcdonaldpark.org/


GA-Spinning & Weaving Skills - Saturday, June 8, 10:00 to 11:30 am, Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth GA. Come learn how fabric was made in the 19th Century. Learn how to card cotton, turn wool into yarn and how to would weave it into a piece of cloth. Call to register. Inclement weather may cancel this event, and will be cancelled if minimum attendance is not reached. Admission: $7.00 per person, plus $5.00 for parking. 770-975-0055, https://gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturday, June 8, 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-Junior Ranger Camp (for ages 6 to 9) at Fort McAllister - Monday through Friday, June 10 through 14, 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


SC-Secrets from the Grave & Moonlight Cemetery Tours - Thursday, June 13, 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/


SC-Juneteenth Celebration - Saturday, June 15, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Mitchelville Freedom Park, 226 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 charged. http://exploremitchelville.org/events/juneteenth-celebration-dinner-and-movie


GA-Civil War Music - Sunday, June 16, 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-Oakland Cemetery and the Civil War - Saturday, June 29, 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/


GA-Candlelight Hike to the Mill - Saturday, June 29, 8:00 to 10:00 pm, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs GA. This mile-long guided night hike is moderately difficult and goes down 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. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot. Admission: $5.00 plus $5.00 parking; cash only. 770-732-5871, https://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek


GA-155th Anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain - Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw GA. Enjoy special programming throughout the weekend. Activities include talks, walks, hikes, living history programs (to include artillery, infantry, and civilian programs), children’s games and more. Saturday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. 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-Margaret Mitchell and “Gone With the Wind” - Sunday, June 30, 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/