The 156th Anniversary


















May 15-17, 2020 - Resaca, Georgia


     SPECTATORS         REENACTORS         SUTLERS & VENDORS       

*** UPDATE ***

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,
the 2020 Battle of Resaca Reenactment has been

CANCELED

All pre-registration money will be refunded by May 15, 2020 in the order that it was received.

View the official press release here.

Please make plans to attend our event next year!




Relive the largest battle of the Atlanta Campaign!

Held on the original battlefield!


Welcome to the Battle of Resaca Civil War Reenactment! Whether you are a spectator or reenactor, a seasoned veteran of this reenactment, or just attending for the first time, we look forward to seeing you at our event! We have many exciting activities for this year's reenactment. Check out our event schedule for all of the activities that will be going on during the reenactment weekend.

While in the area, be sure to visit the new Resaca Battlefield Historic Site that is open now on weeekends. This important battlefield is located just off of I-75 at Exit 320 just miles from the reenactment site. The new battlefield park features hiking trails and interpretive markers. A new visitor center will also be opening soon.

Also while in the area, be sure to visit the Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site just yards from downtown Resaca. This historic fort was part of the defensive earthworks guarding the river and town of Resaca during the 1864 battle. After the battle, it was occupied by Federal troops.



Planned Activities

  • Exciting battles both Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Memorial service at the C.S.A. cemetery
  • Camp tours and talks with the soldiers
  • Continuous living history activities
  • Cavalry competition
  • Period medical demonstrations
  • Ladies Tea with Guest Speaker
  • Period church service
  • Period dance on Saturday night
  • Reenactor used clothing "yard sale"
  • Shopping at sutler row for period wares
  • Food and beverage vendors


Commanders for 2020

Confederate:   Gen. Dave Thomas
Federal:   Gen. Hunter Poythress

Confederate Artillery:   To Be Announced
Federal Artillery:   To Be Announced

Confederate Cavalry:   Gen. Mike Brown
Federal Cavalry:   Gen. Mike Church



The event will be held rain or shine!

The battles may be delayed while lightning is in the area, but they will begin as soon as possible.

The Gordon County Antique Tractor Club will provide free transportation from the spectator parking area to the battle site each day. They will also be available throughout the event to assist stranded motorists.



IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Federal reenactor camp has been expanded and improved for camping and vehicle unloading/loading access.

  • To ensure the safety of all visitors, there will be no tours at the reenactment site during the reenactment weekend that are not hosted by either the Georgia Division Reenactors Association or the Battle of Resaca Reenactment, Inc.

  • No public solicitation or selling of goods will be allowed except by pre-registered Sutlers and Vendors.

  • This is a public event, and as such by your attendance, you agree that photographs from this event, which might include you, are subject to use by the event and their hosts for marketing of the event.

  • No drones will be allowed on site unless pre-approved by the Event Staff.

  • The main reenactor parking is at the same location for your convenience and for a much shorter walk to camp. A trail head at the back of this area leads to the CS campaign camp. A foot bridge over the creek connects the campaigner area with the static CS camp, allowing easier access to the sutlers.

  • Due to liability concerns, the Resaca Event Staff will not allow reenactors OR the public the personal use of any type of recreational four-wheelers, off road motorcycles, golf carts or similar type vehicles to operate on site. Transportation will be provided to and from the spectator and handicapped parking areas.

  • Due to troop camp locations, no MODERN CAMPING will be available for RV vehicles, campers or modern tentage, etc. Modern camping is available at the KOA Campground (10 minutes away) located just off I-75 (Exit 315 - Red Bud Road) at 2523 Red Bud Road N.E. The phone number is: 706-629-7511.

  • The Boy Scout camping area is available upon advanced approval.

  • No non-reenactors, except for medical emergency personnel, will be permitted past the spectator line during the battles.

Thank you for your cooperation in making this an enjoyable event for all.


Georgia County Chamber of Commerce

Explore Gordon County

To find out about more things to see and do while in Gordon County, please visit the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce's official Tourism website at:

www.ExploreGordonCounty.com



   

Resaca Battlefield Preservation

A portion of the event proceeds will go towards the preservation of the Resaca Battlefield land. If you would like to become even more involved in the preservation efforts, you can contact the Friends of Resaca Battlefield, a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the task of preserving the Resaca Battlefield. To find out more about how you can help, please visit their website at www.resacabattlefield.org. Thank you.

   


Resaca Reenactment Site Update

To avoid any rumors concerning the old historic Chitwood Farm and the location of the annual Battle of Resaca Reenactment location, here are the facts.

In 2009, pending possible foreclosure of the 488 acre site, the bank sold the property to the Trust for Public Land. The Trust for Public Landís mission is to buy historic and endangered properties to protect them from future development and to establish a Conservation Easement to protect the land for perpetuity. Once this is in place, the Trust for Public Land sells the protected property to which the Conservation Easement remains in place no matter who the future owner is.

In 2010, Gordon County purchased the Conservation Easement making them the chief agency governing the very restrictive use of the land in perpetuity. As part of the agreement, the annual reenactment is also protected within the document. The Gordon County Historic Preservation Commission serves the county as the over-site committee. The Friends of Resaca Battlefield, Inc. serves as advisors.

In November of 2019, the Trust for Public Land placed the entire site up for auction. The result was that the property was purchased back by one of the family members who lost it. The Battle of Resaca Reenactment, Inc. and the Georgia Division Reenactors Association, Inc. both contributed funds to the family for the purchase.

In closing, the annual Battle of Resaca Reenactment is protected as part of the permanent Conservation Easement.



This event is hosted annually by the many volunteers of the:

   Battle of Resaca Reenactment

Battle of Resaca Reenactment, Inc.


Georgia Division Reenactors Association

Georgia Division Reenactors Association, Inc.

A non-profit organization proudly serving Georgia since 1978

www.GeorgiaDivision.org


   





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