Civil War history highlights busy weekend in Marietta

Friday, Sept. 20

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Homefront Days at Marietta museums

12 p.m.-2 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Music around the Marietta Square

Saturday, Sept 21.

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Marietta Square Farmers Market

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Marietta StreetFest in the Square

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Homefront Days at Marietta museums

Recreation of Civil War Hospital - History Museum

11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Guided Tours of Downtown Civil War Hospital Sites

$15 in advance, $20 day of

3 p.m.-9 p.m.

Marietta Grassroots Music Festival in the Park

9 p.m.

Fireworks over downtown

Sunday, Sept. 22

150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Confederate Cemetery

12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Marietta Square Farmers Market

1 p.m.

Program and unveiling of public art

1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Living History Tours with reenactors

$10 - Benefiting the Confederate Cemetery & Brown Park

Movie Premiere at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre

6:30 p.m., concessions and exhibits

7:30 p.m., movie “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain”

$8 -

Those who bleed blue and gray and love Civil War history will have plenty to do in Cobb County Friday, Saturday and Sunday at events surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Marietta Confederate Cemetery.

They include the premiere of a documentary about the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, tours of Civil War sites in Marietta, the introduction of a new Civil War driving app that will direct buffs to sites. And the area’s museums will all be open.

Throw in the rain-delayed July 4 fireworks on Saturday, a music festival, a street festival on the square and a farmer’s market, and there will be morning-to-night activities through the weekend.

Chris Wheeler, the director and producer of the documentary “Kennesaw: One Last Mountain,” filmed at the national battlefield park and other sites in 2012, used a cast of about 150 people, including Civil War reenactors who came from as far away as Kentucky and actors reading journals, documents and letters from those bloody days.

“It’s kind of a hybrid between a documentary and a feature film,” Hillman said by phone from his Denver office. Actor Peter Coyote narrates the documentary.

Action in the film lend graphic accompaniement to readings about the battle and its importance. The successful Atlanta campaign by Gen. William T. Sherman gave Lincoln’s reelection campaign a needed boost. Had the Union Army lost the battle, history could have veered in a different direction, Hillman said.

The film’s first show is Sunday at the Earl Strand Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The theatre opens at 6:30 and the cost is $8.

Afterward the documentary will be on continuous view at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park’s visitor center.