Hundreds of spectators gathered on the hills of Resaca to watch as reenactors donned authentic period costumes and replicas of weapons used during the battle of Resaca that took place in 1864 as part of the Union’s Campaign on Atlanta.
This past weekend, on the battle’s 146th anniversary over 400 onlookers and Civil War enthusiasts traveled from all over the country to participate in the weekends events which included a ladies tea, a ball and the main event, a battle reenactment and the discussion of the field itself.
“We wanted to see the battle field,” said David Walden of Atlanta. “A lot of battle fields are off limits or virtually nonexistent.”
Walden said this was his first time attending the Battle of Resaca, but based on the professionalism of the event he said he would return.
“A lot of people worked very hard to put together this event. That is evident,” Walden said.
Brenda Freeman of Deland, Fla., said this was also her first time attending the event, and she along with fellow reenactors caravanned to the battle to participate in the weekends festivities. Freeman is a member of the 28th K of Volunteer Confederates
“It is living history,” Freeman said. “This is incredible and a gorgeous battlefield. It is really impressive.”
Freeman said it was humbling to watch her friends reenact a real battle on a field where an actual battle took place.
“These people are actual historians,” she explained. “They take it very seriously.”
While some in attendance wanted to take in the scenery of the battlefield, other remarked at the historical accuracy and family atmosphere.
Karen Davenport of Dawsonville said her husband and three children often visit battle reenactments during their family vacation times.
“This is a wonderful family event. It is educational and really helps the kids see the humanity of history,” Davenport said.
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