Gordon County holds Civil War sesquicentennial events
Apr 18, 2011
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As the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States kicks off, Gordon County's vast Civil War history comes to light in various events throughout the next four years. Civil War Events: This summer there will be a meet and greet and book signing with author Barry Brown, who wrote “Crossroads of Conflict: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Georgia.”
In August, Friends of the Resaca Battlefield will host a Civil War relic show to display artifacts from the war. Ac-cording to Padgett, locals are encouraged to bring in relics, photographs or letters that they might have to members of Friends of the Resaca Battlefield to learn more about its history.
The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Resaca will be commemorated in 2014 and will be celebrated at the annual reenactment of the battle, said Padgett.
“We hope to be doing a lot to spur interest between now and 2014,” he added.
Civil War projects in Gordon County:
According to Padgett, there are three Civil War projects in the works on notable Civil War sites in Gordon County. “It’s snowballed into one of the best (Civil War) preservation efforts in the state,” Padgett explained.
Resaca- The first project is a state-funded project to restore the Resaca Battlefield; this will be a state park site. According to Padgett, this project will be a project of the Department of Natural Resources and physical labor on the site is set to begin in the Fall.
Fort Wayne-The Fort Wayne project, while in close proximity to the Resaca Battlefield is a separate project, Padgett explained. The Fort Wayne project is being funded by a $200,000 Transportation Enhancement grant was promised to Gordon County more than two years ago, but the county has yet to see a penny from the fund. The project will include walking trails and a sign for site.
The Chitwood Farms project- located directly beside the Resaca Battlefield is the Chitwood Farm property. This county-owned piece land has a conservation easement restricting it from development for perpetuity, or for as long as the county owns the property. The funding for this purchase will be drawn from a $1.3 million grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program, funds from the Civil War Preservation Trust fund and $100,000 from Gordon County’s general fund, as required by the grant.