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Updated: 4:33 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 | Posted: 2:15 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014

Georgia Civil War calendar of 150th events



By David Ibata

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A sampling of Civil War 150th anniversary events in the coming weeks. For more on the Civil War in Georgia, follow the AJC: http://www.ajc.com/s/opinion/ and http://www.myajc.com/s/battleofatlanta/

SATURDAY, AUG. 2

RESACA: 28th Georgia Company G Monument Dedication, 10 a.m., Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site. Reenactors, descendants’ participation, guided tours of Fort Wayne.

ATLANTA: “The Civil War Battle of Utoy Creek and the Utoy Church and Cemetery” lecture and walking tour, 10:30 a.m., Historic Utoy Cemetery, 1465 Cahaba Drive SW. Admission: Free. For information: www.utoycemeteryinc.org/

ATLANTA: “Oakland and the Civil War Guided Walking Tour,” 6:30 p.m., Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. Tickets: General admission $10, students/children/seniors $5. For information: http://www.oaklandcemetery.com/ or 404-688-2107.

SUNDAY, AUG. 3

ROME: “Spirits of the Civil War: Rome’s Riverways,” 2 p.m. Explore the Oostanaula, Coosa and Etowah rivers aboard the Sulzbacher Roman Holiday excursion boat. The tour, led by local historian Mike Ragland and Capt. Dennis Nordeman, will showcase the rivers used as both troop transportation and defense blockades during the Civil War. Tickets must be purchased in advance: Adults, $8; children under 12, $5. For information: http://romegeorgia.org/attraction/roman-holiday/ or call 706-295-5576.

TUESDAY, AUG. 5

ACWORTH: “Civil War History of Camp McDonald,” 6:30 p.m., Acworth Bookstore, 4857 N. Main St. Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer talks about the Confederate training camp in Big Shanty (today’s Kennesaw), the largest military camp in Georgia. For information: 678-300-7722.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6

ROSWELL: “Last to Join the Fight: The 66th Georgia Infantry,” 7 p.m., Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive. A lecture by author Daniel Cone. Admission: $5. Advance reservations recommended: 770-640-3855.

THURSDAY, AUG. 7

ATLANTA: 7 p.m., “Ethnic Notions,” Atlanta Cyclorama film series. Admission: Free. Narrated by Esther Rolle, beloved matriarch of the Evans home in the 1970s sitcom “Good Times,” “Ethnic Notions” traces the stereotypes and images that fueled hatred of and prejudice against African-Americans since the early 1800s, through the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era through the civil rights movement. After the film, historian/educator Nasir Muhammad leads an audience dialogue. For information: http://www.atlantacyclorama.org/events.php

SATURDAY, AUG. 9

KENNESAW: “William Tecumseh Sherman: Sinner or Saint?,” 2 p.m. at the historic railroad depot on Cherokee Street. The Kennesaw Museum Foundation and the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History present a panel discussion on the controversial Union general. Admission: Free. For information: http://www.southernmuseum.org/visit/adult-programs/

ATLANTA: “Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind Guided Walking Tour,” 6:30 p.m, Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. Tickets: General admission $10, students $5, children and seniors $5. For information: http://bit.ly/1lIZ22U or call 404-688-2107.

JONESBORO: “Tara Ball” at Eagles Landing Country Club, 7-10 p.m. A recreation of the elegance of times gone by co-hosted by the Clayton County Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp. Buffet dinner, period music and dancing. Dress is period clothing or black tie. Tickets: $75. lease call Historical Jonesboro for an invitation. For information: http://www.historicaljonesboro.org/

SUNDAY, AUG. 10

ATLANTA: “No Cowards in Our Band — A Narrated Concert,” featuring Opera Ebony with Masud Olufani as Frederick Douglass, 3 p.m., Atlanta Cyclorama. Admission: Adults $10, seniors/children 4-12 $8. As the Civil War raged, concerned businessmen, politicians and abolitionists fought hard against slavery. Poetry set to popular and religious tunes, work songs, and Negro spirituals served as a redemptive balm for many African-Americans during this time. Famed abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass recounts the tragedies and victories of those turbulent war years, set to music of the enslaved, in a special performance by Opera Ebony. For information: http://www.atlantacyclorama.org/events.php To reserve tickets: https://www.atlantacyclorama.org/ticket-event.php?id=7

SATURDAY, AUG. 16-SUNDAY, AUG. 17

ROME: “Civil War Living History at Fort Norton,” 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. -4 p.m. Sunday. See how Civil War soldiers lived and fought at what remains of the original earthen fort atop Rome’s Jackson Hill. Reenactors portrary Union Soldiers during the Atlanta Campaign of 1864 and the occupation of Rome. Admission: Free. For information: 800-444-1834.

THURSDAY, AUG. 21

ATLANTA: “What Shall We Remember? The Civil War Today,” 7 p.m., Atlanta Cyclorama. A discussion by William Link, professor of history, University of Florida; Michael Shaffer, Civil War historian, author and lecturer; Hari Jones, assistant director & curator, African American Civil Memorial and Museum; Christy Coleman, president, The American Civil War Center, and Kahlil Chism, education specialist, The Carter Center. Admission: Free. For information: http://www.atlantacyclorama.org/events.php

FRIDAY, AUG. 22-SUNDAY, AUG. 24

HAMPTON: “Kilpatrick’s Sabre Charge,” Nash Farm, 4361 Jonesboro Rd. Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Kilpatrick’s raid — a living history event hosted by Henry County Parks and Recreation, Friends of Nash Farm and the Georgia Civil War Commission. Union and Confederate camps, cavalry and artillery demonstrations, trooops review, monument unveiling, sabre charge re-creation, formal military ball. Admission: Free (parking: $1.50). For information: http://www.henrycountybattlefield.com/

SATURDAY, AUG. 30

LILBURN: “Civil War Event at Yellow River Post Office,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hudson-Nash Farm, 3519 Five Forks Trickum Road. Experience living history as you learn about the local skirmish that occurred at the Yellow River Bridge. Visit the post office and general store, see how women and children received news of loved ones, participate in drills and rifle practice and learn how Hudson’s Guards protected the community during Sherman’s March to the Sea. Admission: Adults, $5; children 3-12, $3; children 2 and younger, free. For information: http://bit.ly/1jVqYFZ

CONTINUING

JONESBORO: Through Aug. 31: “Victorian Mourning Tours” at the Stately Oaks Antebellum Home and Historic Community, 100 Carriage Lane, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Learn about funeral customs, dress, and historical information about “mourning well.” Admission: Adults $12; seniors 55+, military with ID, $9; Children 5-11 $6; children under 5 free. For information: http://www.historicaljonesboro.org/ or call 770-473-0197

ATLANTA: Through Oct. 5: “Art Against the Wall: The Battle of Atlanta at 150,” Gallery 72, 72 Marietta St. An exhibition curated by Radcliffe Bailey. Artists explore difficult and controversial issues related to the Civil War and its aftermath. Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission: Free. For information: http://www.atlantacyclorama.org/events.php

ATLANTA: Through Oct. 19: “Mobilizing the Battle of Atlanta.” The Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University displays historical materials including photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, postcards, maps and diaries that went into the Battle of Atlanta mobile tour website (http://BattleATL.org) by the library and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. For information: http://bit.ly/battle-atl-emory-july17

MARIETTA: Through October: “Bleeding Gray and Blue: Marietta’s Civil War Hospitals.” The Marietta Museum of History recreates the hospital rooms and medical environment of the time and shows Marietta’s history and importance as a major hospital headquarters during the Atlanta Campaign. Admission: Adults $7, students and seniors (55+) $5, museum members, children under 5 and active military with ID, free. For information: http://bit.ly/1miza1C or call 770-794-5710.

ATLANTA: Through March 15: “Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray Collection,” Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW. Rare Confederate artifacts, including Southern uniforms, flags, firearms, bayonets and small-caliber artillery pieces assembled by Atlanta collector Wray. Admission: Adults $16.50; seniors 65+, students 13+ $13; youth 4-12 $11; members, children under 4 free. For information: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/ or 404-814-4000.

SANDY SPRINGS: Through April 1, “The Civil War in Sandy Springs,” Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. Admission: Adults $3, children 6-12 and seniors 65+ $1. Also, “Blue and Gray Saturdays,” hands-on family days highlighting different aspects of the Civil War on the last Saturdays of June, July and August. For information: www.heritagesandysprings.org or call 404-851-9111 ext. 2.

ATLANTA: Through April 4: “Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in Gone With the Wind,” the Atlanta artist’s influence on the historical accuracy and depiction of Atlanta in the film, opens at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW. AHC hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. For information: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/ or 404-814-4000.

For a complete list of events, go to “Civil War to Civil Rights Events: A 150-year Journey,” http://www.atlanta.net/events/seasonal/civil/ and The Civil War in Georgia: Commemorating 150 years: http://www.gacivilwar.org/

If your organization has an upcoming Civil War sesquicentennial event of interest to metro Atlanta, please send information to dibata@ajc.com.

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