The first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign was fought around the tiny village of Resaca on May 14-15, 1864. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederate army of 55,000 soldiers had fallen back from Dalton and occupied the strong defensive fortifications around the town. In hot pursuit and now directly facing them across the breastworks was the 110,000-strong Federal army under the command of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Over two days, Union and Confederate forces attacked and counter-attacked, with both armies losing approximately 2,800 men.
Georgia’s oldest and largest reenactment is held the third weekend in May and located on the historic Chitwood Farm just north of Resaca off Hwy. 41. The reenactment site is one of the few places in the nation that is held on part of an original battlefield, making the action seem very real as one hears the yells, smells the power, and feels the ground sake for the guns. Trains still roll though the site on the same track bed on which the Great Locomotive Chase between the General and Texas occurred in 1862.
The event is hosted by the Georgia Division of Reenactors Association, an all volunteer non-profit organization. This year’s reenactment on May 19 & 20 is expected to be larger and more exciting than ever, with the spectator line closer to the battles! See the infantry, full-scale cannons, cavalry, and civilian refugees converge on Resaca. Period sutler and many modern food vendors, serving breakfast, lunch, and supper will be onsite. The Gordon County Antique Engine and Tractor Club will provide free rides from the parking areas to the battlefield. Enjoy a day or the entire weekend with the family as history comes alive.
Admission: $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children under 12 years of age, infants free, parking free.
While you are in the area, be sure to visit Resaca Battlefield Historic Site, Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site, Resaca Confederate Cemetery, and enjoy a Southern homegrown meal at Bowman’s Restaurant.
More Info: 2018 Battle of Resaca Flyer