The Georgia Historical Society will host a series of historical marker dedications around Georgia in September. They commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War that was fought from 1861 – 1865.
The first plaque will be unveiled Thursday near Savannah at the Cockspur Island Lighthouse.
During the Civil War, the lighthouse survived the 30-hour Union bombardment of Confederate-held Fort Pulaski in 1862.
There will be two dedications in north Georgia on September 28th. One will be in Dawsonville and the other in McCaysville.
The Dawsonville marker tells the story of the First Georgia State Troop Volunteers, who served in the Union army after federal troops entered Georgia in 1864.
In McCaysville, a marker will commemorate six Georgians who were murdered in 1864 during the Madden Branch Massacre for trying to enlist in the Union army.