150th Anniversary of the Civil War
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War began in 2011. Leading the charge is the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which has partnered with private organizations to create multiple interactive ways for people to explore Georgia's Civil War history.
The Georgia Historical Society, has collaborated with the GDEcD to survey and refurbish Civil War historical markers around the state as well as create and install new markers telling previously untold stories from the war about the role of women, African Americans, the home front, Unionists, industry, and politics. Historical marker dedications involving local communities and statewide dignitaries are taking place throughout 2010 and 2011, including the upcoming Oct. 6 event in Dalton featuring keynote speaker Andrew Young. These dedications are generating widespread interest on the local level in promoting the commemoration.
Civil War Tours
A Civil War Tour (Individuals/Groups/Coach Step-On Services)
Dramatic Civil War 150th commemorative walking tours or coach step-on guided tours of war and intrigue during desperate days in Civil War Savannah. Inside site visits include R.E. Lee in the Andrew Low House, the Lows and blockade running with Confederate secret agents in Liverpool, the historic circa 1820 City Hotel (site of a Confederate hospital in 1863), and numerous outdoor Civil War Savannah sites including the courtyard of Sherman's headquarters. Additional Civil War group tour itineraries and private tours available by appointment.
A Civil War Savannah/Low Country Commemorative Tour (Coach Step-On Guide)
Exclusive Civil War 150th commemorative step-on guided tour for Coach Groups explores the Low Country panorama of surrounding Civil War sites and experiences. Accompanied by your Civil War harmonica playing step-on guide, Chase Anderson, the tour takes in rare experiences of Robert E. Lee's civilian and military days in Savannah and a wide array of Civil War Savannah sites and special events. Indoor/outdoor routes and walking options include Civil War operated Forts Pulaski, Jackson, and McAllister, the rooms of the circa 1849 Andrew Low House where General Lee stayed, the inner and outer Civil War defense works of Savannah and the Civil War battlefield preservation movement in Savannah, the Ogeechee Canal and the importance of the Railroads leading in and out of Savannah in 1861. Visits also include the courtyard of Sherman's headquarters and the circa 1820 City Hotel which served as a Confederate hospital in 1863 Live Period Civil War music provided for special events. Lunch and dinner Civil War tour packages available.
The Civil War Experience Dinner Cruise with Fort Tour
Old Fort Jackson and the River Street Riverboat Company have partnered to kick off Savannah's 150th Civil War anniversary commemoration. Guests will board the River Street Riverboat from the historic riverfront as they are welcomed by uniformed Civil War soldiers and a Dixieland Jazz band. As the boat follows the path of the original soldiers toward Old Fort Jackson, guests will experience live period music while they dine on a delicious and authentic southern dinner buffet. Upon their arrival to Old Fort Jackson, guests will be welcomed by the fort's honor guard and escorted inside the fort. As they cross the drawbridge, the guests will enter the year 1861; watching soldiers prepare the fort and practice their marching and artillery drills. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the soldiers of Old Fort Jackson and live period music will fill the air of the fort while leading up to the climax of the evening, a live firing of one of the largest and oldest original artillery pieces in the country! Upon departure from Old Fort Jackson, guests will savor sweet Savannah treats on their return voyage aboard the River Street Riverboat.
The Civil War online store contains a variety of Georgia Civil War merchandise created for the Sesquicentennial commemoration including a signed copy of Crossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia, t-shirts, sweatshirts, belt buckles, ornaments, caps, lapel pins and cufflinks. Visit our online store.
Savannah Morning News - Civil War Coverage
150th Civil War anniversary seen as tourist attraction to Savannah
Georgia's Guide to the Civil War