Georgia Civil War calendar of 150th events

A sampling of Civil War 150th anniversary events in the coming weeks. For more on the Civil War in Georgia, follow the AJC:


ACWORTH: “Washington County, Va. in the Civil War,” 6:30 p.m., Acworth Bookstore, 4857 N. Main St. A lecture and book signing by author and Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer. For information, call 678-403-1355.


KENNESAW: "The Great Revivals in the Confederate Armies," 7 p.m., KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive. Historian Bill Potter talks to the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County about the preaching of the Gospel in armies, hospitals and prisoner of war camps. Free admission to first-time guests. For information:


DALLAS: “March to the Sea,” 2 p.m., Pickett’s Mill Battlefield, 4432 Mt. Tabor Church Road. A talk about Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s Savannah Campaign by Civil War author and historian Michael K. Shaffer. Admission: Adults $5.50, seniors 62+ $3.50, youth 6-17 $3. For information, call 770-443-7850.


ATLANTA: "Reading Images of the Civil War," 6 p.m., a lecture on Civil War photography by Deborah Willis of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Part of "The Civil War and the Forging of Character" lecture series at the Lovett school, 4075 Paces Ferry Road NW. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested. For more information, call 404-262-3032 ext. 1717; email, or visit


LITHIA SPRINGS: Historic New Manchester History Hike, 1 p.m. Dec. 20, 27, Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mt. Vernon Road. Mile-long historian or ranger-led hike (easy to moderate) leads to the five-story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focuses on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. Admission: $5; parking, $5. For information: or call 770-732-5871.

ATHENS: Through Dec. 23: Original materials on display in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the move, "Gone With the Wind," University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries. For information:

CANTON: Through Dec. 31. “Cherokee Voices During the Civil War,” Cherokee County History Museum, 100 North Street. Exhibit focuses on life at home, on the battleground and from the African-American perspective, using quotes, first-hand accounts from original letters, court documents, publications and particularly original letters sent from Pvt. John T. Beavers of the McAfee and Donaldson Guards to his family in Macadonia. Military artifacts also on display. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. For information: or call 770-345-3288.

MARIETTA: Through January: "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: or call 770-794-5710.

KENNESAW: "1864-1865: The Conflict Draws to an End," 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 26-March 16. Eight-week course explores the final year of the Civil War. Class meets at KSU Center with instructor Michael K. Shaffer. Course fee: $129. To register, call the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Kennesaw State University, 470-578-6765 or go online:

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. Hours: 10 a.m-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission: Adults $16.50; seniors 65+, students 13+ $13; youth 4-12 $11; members, children under 4 free. For information: or 404-814-4000.

Through April 4: “Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in Gone With the Wind,” Atlanta History Center. Kenan Research Center exhibit explains the Atlanta artist’s influence on the historical accuracy and depiction of Atlanta in the film. (See above for hours and admission.)

Through April 26: “Relics and Remembrance: Civil War 150,” Atlanta History Center. Exhibit examines the entire course of Civil War memory and historical reckoning over the past 150 years, especially as related to Atlanta, the South and race relations. Encounter artifacts, documents and photographs in new and unexpected ways. (See above for hours and admission.)

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. For information: or call 404-851-9111 ext. 2.

ATLANTA: Through 2015: "Stars Fall on Atlanta: The Premiere of Gone With the Wind," Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Avenue NE. On the 75th anniversary of the motion picture debut in December 1939 of Margaret Mitchell's novel, this exhibit describes the events, people and excitement in Atlanta surrounding the event. The movie premiered at Loew's Grand Theatre in downtown Atlanta. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission: Adults $13; seniors 65+ and students 13-18 $10; youth 4-12 $8.50. For information:

For a complete list of events, go to "Civil War to Civil Rights Events: A 150-year Journey," and The Civil War in Georgia: Commemorating 150 years:

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