In May, 1864, Confederate troops under General Joseph E. Johnson dug
fortifications into rolling hills in Resaca, Georgia, attempting to stall the
Union Major General William T. Sherman's advance on Atlanta. More than 150,000
soldiers fought for two days; thousands were killed or wounded, and the battle
ended with the Confederate soldiers in retreat.
Each Spring, men in blue
and grey descend on Resaca to reenact this key battle in the Civil War and
remember the soldiers who fell in it. The reenactment takes place on a farm
that in 2011, was permanently protected from development as part of a growing
Resaca Battlefield Park. This battle site, and others in northern Georgia had
been threatened by Atlanta's burgeoning sprawl. Working with Gordon County, the
American Battlefield Protection Program, the Georgia Battlefields Association,
and the Civil War Trust, The Trust for Public Land protected the land with a permanent
The Resaca protection effort comes as the nation
marks the 150th anniversary of its great civil conflict (1861-1865) and is the
latest of many TPL Civil War battlefield conservation projects including Morris Island, in Charleston Harbor, the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Tennessee, and Murphy Farm at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
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