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Battlefield host to hundreds for reenactment
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
May 29, 2013 12:36 PM | 1175 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In Paulding County 149 years ago, a Civil War battle was fought at Pickett’s Mill, and residents will have a chance to commemorate the anniversary with an artillery demonstration and re-enactment Saturday.

The event is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site at 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road in Dallas. Demonstrations are every half hour with a break from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Re-enactors are set to perform rain or shine, unless it is lightning, said Interpretive Ranger James Wooten.

“It [the event] is a dry run for next year,” he said of the 150th anniversary in 2014.

Tickets for the commemoration are $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors 62 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and under. The park can take cash, checks and credit or debit cards.

Wooten said park officials are hoping for 200 to 300 attendees throughout the day.

The event is in remembrance of Capt. Key’s Arkansas Confederate Artillery Battery, according information from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Atlanta-based Army Guards re-enactors will have a team of about seven to eight men demonstrating how to use a Civil War howitzer cannon.

“They will go through the process of loading and firing the cannon,” Wooten said.

It takes between seven and eight steps to safely and properly shoot a howitzer. Re-enactors will be dressed in period uniforms, and be firing blank shots toward the spot Union soldiers would have been in 1864.

“It is something you will never forget,” he said.

Wooten said the noise can be loud, so residents with children and animals should be aware if they plan to bring them.

During the demonstration break a lecture is scheduled at the Visitor Center. Brad Butkovich, author of “The Battle of Pickett’s Mill: Along the Deadline,” will be speaking about his book and the battle. He will also be signing copies of his book.

The Battle of Pickett’s Mill was won by the Confederates May 27, 1864, and is one of three battles fought in Paulding County, including the Battle of New Hope Church won by Confederates and the Battle of Dallas won by the Union.

“It was like a chess match [between the Union and Confederates],” Wooten said.

For more information about the battle, the event and directions to the site, visit gaparks.org and search for Pickett’s Mill Park or call (770) 443-7850.
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