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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


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Sunday, September 1, 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-Civil War Music - Monday, September 2, 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-Labor Day Weekend Celebration at Fort McAllister - Monday, September 2, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fort McAllister State Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill GA. Come on out for a relaxing and entertaining day for the whole family. Civil War soldiers will be firing rifles and cannons throughout the day while presenting living history programs. Old-timey games will be available and fun for the whole family! Fort McAllister is located at the termination of 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: Adults $9.00, Seniors (62+) $8.00, Youth (ages 6 to 17) $5.00. 912-727-2339, https://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister


GA-26th Annual Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment - Friday through Sunday, September 6 through 8, 215 Clisby Austin Road, Tunnel Hill GA. The cannon blast, the horses charge and the soldiers give the Rebel yell as they clash in authentic conflict on the historic grounds of Tunnel Hill. The reenactment also includes Southern foods, sutler tents, encampments and an awesome experience! Visitors can walk through the 1,477 foot long railroad tunnel built in 1850, tour the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center, and General Sherman’s one-time headquarters at the historic Clisby Austin House. Friday is “school day;” Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for the general public. Tunnel Hill and 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 $10.00, which includes admission to the tunnel, museum and house, Children ages 12 & under are free. 706-876-1571, www.civilwarrailroadtunnel.com


AL-General Joe Wheeler Birthday Celebration - Saturday, September 7, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Pond Spring, The General Joe Wheeler Home, 12280 Alabama Highway 20, Hillsboro AL. Explore the grounds of General Wheeler’s home and enjoy his favorite type of cake. Come see re-enactors firing a working Civil War cannon and cavalry re-enactors demonstrating drills on their horses. Lunch will be available for purchase. The grounds will be filled with live music as a country music group performs on the front porch of the museum. Admission to the grounds is FREE. Admission to the Wheeler House is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors, college students & military, and $3.00 for children ages 6 to 18. 256-637-8513, https://ahc.alabama.gov/properties/pondspring/pondspring.aspx


SC-The Olde South Ball - Saturday, September 7, 5:30 to 11:30 pm, Spartanburg Marriott, 299 North Church Street, Spartanburg SC. You are invited to an old-fashioned War Between the States Ball with music by the Blue Ridge Rounders. Dinner included. Guests should wear 1860’s attire or evening formal wear. A variety of uniquely southern, handcrafted items will be for sale. Tickets: $69.00 per person, $54.00 for single men. Discount for early registration by July 31. 864-244-2732, www.oldesouthball.blogspot.com/


AL-Civil War Athens - Thursday, September 12, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Elks Lodge 1648, 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville AL. Rebecca Davis will speak on the topic “Civil War Athens” 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, September 12, 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-156th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga - Friday through Sunday, September 13 through 15, 7:00 am to 8:00 pm each day, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. Commemorate the 156th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga with a series of ranger-guided tours, hikes, lectures and living history demonstrations. Beginning on September 18, 1863, Union and Confederate forces clashed along the banks of West Chickamauga Creek. At stake were the fortunes of the fledgling Confederacy and the future of the United States and its citizens. For three days the armies struggled through the woods and fields here, leaving behind the broken dreams and lives of thousands of young men cut down in the prime of life. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on 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-Kennesaw Mountain Trails Workday - Saturday, September 14, 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-Blue & Gray BBQ Contest & Festival - Saturday, September 14, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga GA. Annual BBQ contest and craft vendors all on the grounds of the historic Gordon-Lee Mansion. Come enjoy shopping crafts, eating BBQ and touring the Mansion. This 1847 home was the headquarters for Union Major General William Rosecrans immediately prior to the Battle of Chickamauga. During the battle it was a Federal hospital. The mansion is the only remaining original structure from the Battle of Chickamauga. Gordon-Lee Mansion 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. Tour admission: Adults $5.00, Children (ages 12 & under) $1.00. 423-488-0861, http://friendsofthegordonleemansion.org/main.html


GA-Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturdays, September 14 & 28, 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- How Northern Financial Decisions Won the Civil War - Monday, September 16, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road, Augusta GA.  Author Matthew Borowick presents on “How Northern Financial Decisions Won the Civil War” 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-History Hike: Iron Hill Trail - Thursday, September 19, 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-Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour - Saturday, September 21, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. The public is invited to bring their bicycles and join in a leisurely-paced historical ride. National Park Service rangers will talk about the history of the battlefield while Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers provide ride leadership and support. Loaner bicycles will be available for riders five-feet-tall and over at no charge. Reservations for loaner bicycles are required. The tour begins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Ride length is approximately 3 to 4 miles on flat to moderately-hilly terrain. The rides are appropriate for adults and children ages eight and older when accompanied by an adult. All participants are required to wear helmets. An additional Saturday battlefield bicycle tour is scheduled for October 19. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on 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, kim_coons@nps.gov


GA-Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield - Saturday, September 21, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm, on Cheatham Hill, 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-The Grand Army of the Republic: A Living History Reunion - Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe GA. In the decades after the Civil War, veterans formed organizations like the Grand Army of the Republic. It was through their reunions that the idea for establishing Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was born in 1889. Join us as we host a group of living historians portraying members of the Grand Army of the Republic to learn about the role veterans played in establishing the park. Chickamauga Battlefield is located on 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-Wilson’s Raid - Monday, September 23, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Fresh Food Company, University of South Alabama, 6351 Tonsmeire Drive, Mobile AL. Author Russell Blount will speak on “Wilson’s Raid” during this month’s meeting of the Mobile Area Civil War Roundtable. FREE admission. 251-460-7656


GA-Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation - Friday, September 27, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, 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-Georgia’s State Parks Day - Saturday, September 28, Georgia’s state parks and historic sites statewide! Lend a helping hand improving and preserving Georgia’s priceless jewels...its state parks and historic sites! Included are MANY parks and historic sites related to the Civil War era. This is their most important volunteer day of the year! There will be cleaning and clearing of branches and debris, painting, small construction jobs and more as we work to make our state’s parks and historic sites beautiful and pristine! Wear suitable work clothes; hours vary by location. Volunteers will be provided with a token of appreciation from Georgia State Parks! 770-389-7286, http://gastateparks.org/


SC-Free Admission Days at Fort Moultrie - Saturday, September 28, 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 these remaining dates during 2019:

---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 - Saturday, September 28, 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:

---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