Both Confederate and Union troops participated in the ceremony at the Resaca Confederate Cemetery Saturday.
Reenactors clad in authentic Civil War gear from bayonets to boots brought history to life Saturday, May 18 at the resting place of many Confederate Civil War soldiers who died at the Battle of Resaca 149 years ago.
“The scene is very different from that of May 1864, and Resaca was a peaceful place, we still are a peaceful place and we are pleased that you are here,” said Resaca Mayor Samuel Allen to guests at a service in the Resaca Confederate Cemetery.
The scene was different, but the Resaca community and Gordon County as a whole is gearing up for something much bigger next year, as the communities plan for the 150 Anniversary of the Battle of Resaca, consisting of a three day event, highlighting two new parks in Resaca, that will consist of some 525 acres of interpretive walking trails, and a Fort Wayne historic site, opening in July 2013.
“We are really hoping Gordon County is going to be a Civil War destination,” said Padgett. “The National park service is going to be one of our sponsors next year, and we are just totally excited about putting Resaca on the map.”
In his closing remarks, Padgett expressed a passionate request to all in attendance.
“The war means a lot to different people. If each and every one of you look back into your ancestry in your background, you are subject to find you had an ancestor that fought in the Federal or Confederate army or both,” said Padgett. “Get involved, encourage your children to get involved, explore your history and enjoy it.”
Also included in the program, was an original composition by Jule Medders honoring the founder of the cemetery Mary Green.
One of the first reenactors to participate in a Battle of Resaca reenactment was Frank Beason and his wife Edith, were also in attendance.
The event was followed by the battle reenactment at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday, in spite of the rain.
“They fought in the rain or shine and we will too, unless there is lighting or tornado on the field,” said Padgett.