The 150th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Pickett’s Mill is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Dallas historic site, said Steve Hadley, resource manager with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Officials estimate about 300 re-enactors and almost 500 spectators will descend on the site of the May 27, 1864, battle won by the Confederates as they sought to thwart the Union advance on Atlanta. Because this is a milestone year for the battlefield, the event has drawn interest from re-enactors from Canada and Europe, as well as throughout the eastern U.S., Handley said.
“The one element which has guided us in developing not only the Battle of Pickett’s Mill re-enactment but all the related activities, is it being historically accurate as possible,” he said. “What we want is to have those attending the re-enactment feel as though they had walked back in time to the darkest period of our country’s history, the Civil War.”
Battlefield officials also are inviting attendees to view replica Civil War cannon firing demonstrations every half hour beginning at 10 a.m. both days.
In addition, at the historic Prather Cabin on the Pickett’s Mill Battlefield grounds, there will be civilian living history demonstrations also starting at 10 a.m.
At 2 p.m. each day, John Michael Schaffer, assistant director of the Kennesaw State University Civil War Center, will conduct an interpretative hike along the White Trail to explain to visitors the events leading up to the skirmish. Days and times are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (770) 443-7850 or go to