Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The 150th Battle of Resaca After Action Report in Pictures

We stood there for what seemed an eternity. From our position we could see the cannons making good report. One boom followed by another as the smoke filled the air. We stood in Line of Battle formation. Our company was dressed to the left of the regimental colors. Finally, the Battalion Commander called us to attention. We moved forward coming out from behind the hill onto the main field. After taking positions in the breastworks we opened fire on the union soldiers across from us. The sound of the muskets, the boom of the cannons, for a moment I froze.
 I was trapped in a moment in time. The spectators disappeared leaving only the sounds of battle and the sight of union soldiers shooting at us. During this frenzy I couldn't help but ask myself. "Is this what my ancestors felt when they fought over this ground 150 years ago?"

The Battle was at Resaca, Georgia. General Joseph E. Johnston was in command of the Army of the Tennessee. He was Pursued by William T. Sherman's Army. Sherman had chased them from Chattanooga on down into the state of Georgia. Johnston took over command after Braxton Bragg resigned. (cough cough) They made there stand in the hilly countryside surrounding Resaca.

My ancestors were with the 6th Florida Infantry Regiment. They had their baptism of fire at Chickamauga the year before. Slowly but surely their number shrank. One had been wounded at Chickamauga, and one captured at Missionary Ridge in Tennessee. Now here the remaining three stood at Resaca. After Resaca It would get worse. One would be captured at New Hope Church, one killed at Atlanta and finally the last one captured near Nashville.

The reenactment was held on part of the actual battlefield. I was there for two days. I got there early on Saturday morning and left Sunday evening. It had rained late Saturday night and most of Sunday morning but it cleared out in time for the scheduled battle. The spectators got a good show on both days. Everyone had a great time, despite the rain.

Friday, May 16, 2014

150th Battle of Resaca


Resaca is located off of interstate I-75 approximately 40 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and 70 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia. From I-75, take exit #320 (Lafayette, Georgia Hwy. 136), go east approximately 3/10 mile to US Hwy. 41. Turn left, go north approximately 3 miles, then turn right onto Chitwood Road (the area is well marked with event signs).
GPS coordinates for downtown Resaca, Georgia: N34°34.77918, W084°56.58426
or Latitude: 34.579653 Longitude: -84.943071
GPS coordinates for the Battle of Resaca Reenactment Registration Tent:
N34°36.8298, W084°56.5698
or Latitude: 34.61383 Longitude: -84.94283

Schedule of Events~

Thursday - May 15, 2014
12:00 p.m.Registration opens at noon.
10:00 p.m.Registration closed. No vehicles in camp overnight.
12:00 a.m.All quiet.

Friday - May 16, 2014

9:00 a.m.Registration opens.
9:00-11:00 a.m.School tours in Civilian activity area. All public, private, home school or scout troops are welcome to attend. All schools and scout troops need to register with Keith West by May 1st. For more details, contact Keith West at
6:00 p.m.BATTLE TACTICAL BEGINS: Tactical on main field. Not open to the public.
7:30 p.m.Event Officers Call at the Social Fly (Both armies and branches). Only officers and staff of Battalion level and above please attend.
12:00 a.m.Registration closed. No vehicles in camp overnight.
12:00 a.m.All quiet.

Saturday - May 17, 2014

7:00 a.m.Reveille.
7:00 a.m.Registration opens.
7:00-9:00 a.m.Camps open for reenactor vehicles to unload. All vehicles out of camps by 9:00 a.m. & will not be permitted back in camp until after Sunday's battle.
8:30 a.m.Morning Colors (Both armies at the Parade Ground).
9:00 a.m.Military & Civilian camps are open to the public.
9:00-11:00 a.m.Annual Reenactor Yard Sale (used period equipment & clothing) at the Social Fly. Will close at 11:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.Memorial Service at the Confederate Cemetery. All reenactors are invited to attend.
10:00 a.m.Artillery Inspection.
10:00 a.m.All artillery vehicles towing cannon will be off the field until the battle is completed.
10:30 a.m.Medical presentation at the Medical Tent in the Living History area.
11:30 a.m.Ladies Tea hosted by the Gordon County Historical Society at the pool house. Bring your own cup. Event participants and Historical Society members only.
1:00 p.m.Weapons inspections completed.
Troops form on command prior to battle.
1:30 p.m.Camps closed to the public.
3:00 p.m.Battle ends / Camps open to the public.
6:00 p.m.All camps closed to the public.
7:00 p.m.Period dance at the Social Fly. Period participants only.
9:00 p.m.Registration closed.
12:00 a.m.All quiet.

Sunday - May 18, 2014

7:00 a.m.Reveille.
8:00 a.m.Registration opens.
8:30 a.m.Morning Colors (Both armies at the Parade Ground).
9:00 a.m.Military & Civilian camps open to the public.
10:00 a.m.Non-denominational church service at the Social Fly. Bring your own chairs. Public welcome.
10:00 a.m.All artillery vehicles towing cannon will be off the field until the battle is completed.
10:30 a.m.Medical presentation at the Medical Tent in the Living History area.
10:30 a.m.Period baseball game for all reenactors. Located at the Parade Ground.
11:30 a.m.Cavalry competition on main field. Open to the public.
12:00 p.m.Registration closed.
1:00 p.m.Weapons inspections completed.
Troops form on command prior to battle.
1:30 p.m.Camps closed to the public.
3:00 p.m.Battle ends.
Camps open to reenactors' vehicles ONLY after all troops have arrived back in camp.

~* All Information from the 150th Battle of Resaca Website. *~

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Old Clinton War Days After Action Report

This was only my second time suiting up for a reenactment. I had a great time with the unit. Met a few new faces and hope to see them at Resaca this weekend. I wasn't able to take as many pictures because I was in The Reenactment. My wife and daughter also got dressed out. I did however have a friend in the spectators area who managed to click off a few pics. Thanks Allan, you are a life saver.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

General A. P. Hill "Little Powell"

General Ambrose Powell Hill.
Affectionately known as "Little Powell" by his men.

Born~ November 9, 1825  Culpepper Va.  
Died~ April 2, 1865. Killed in Action during the siege of Petersburg Va.

Hill entered the United States Military Academy in 1842.  The class started with 85 cadets. Powell became friends with future generals such as Darius N. Couch, George E. Pickett, Jesse L. Reno, George Stoneman, Truman Seymour, Cadmus M. Wilcox, and George B. McClellan. Thomas J. Jackson was in the same class but the two did not get along. Jackson would later be his commanding officer during the war. Hill and Jackson came from different backgrounds. In 1844 Hill returned from a furlough with a case of gonorrhea, medical complications from which caused him to miss so many classes that he was required to repeat his third year. He was reassigned to the class of 1847. This class granted him the friendships of Henry Heth and Ambrose Burnside. He graduated in 1847, ranking 15th of 38
Military Career~
He was appointed to the 1st U.S. Artillery as a brevet second lieutenant. He served in a cavalry company during the final months of the Mexican-American War, but fought in no major battles. After some garrison assignments along the Atlantic seaboard, he served in the Seminole Wars, again arriving near the end of the war and fighting various minor skirmishes. He was promoted to first lieutenant in September 1851.
From 1855 to 1860, Hill was employed on the United States' coastal survey.

On March 1, 1861, Hill resigned his U.S. Army commission. After Virginia seceded, he was appointed colonel of the 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment. The 13th Virginia was in Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's army that were transported by railroad as reinforcements to the First Battle of Bull Run, but Hill and his men were sent to guard the Confederate right flank near Manassas and saw no action during the battle.

Hill was promoted to brigadier general on February 26, 1862, and command of a brigade in the (Confederate) Army of the Potomac.
During the Peninsula Campaign of 1862, Hill performed well as a brigade commander at the Battle of Williamsburg. His brigade blunted a Union attack. On May 26th Hill was promoted to Major General and division command. Hill's division initially formed part of James Longstreet's command, but after an argument between Hill and Longstreet, which nearly resulted in a duel, Hill was transferred to Stonewall Jackson's Second Corps.

June 1st was the first day that Hill began using a nickname for his division: the Light Division. This contradictory name for the largest division in all of the Confederate armies may have been selected because Powell wished his men to have a reputation for speed and agility.
Hill launched multiple attacks throughout the Seven Days Battles, including at Mechanicsville, Gaines's Mill, and Glendale. His division was held in reserve at Malvern Hill.

Notable Commands~

     *  13th Virginia Infantry
     * A. P. Hill's Light Division, Second Corps
     * Third Corps, Army of Northern Virginia

Post War~ N/A

Fascinting Fact~

Ellen B. Marcy was engaged to Hill but, her parents pressured her to break off the relationship. Later she met and married Hill's West Point roommate George B. McClellan. Although he felt no ill will about the affair afterward, during the war a rumor spread that Hill always fought harder if he knew McClellan was present with the opposing army, because of Ellen's rejection.
On July 18, 1859, he married Kitty ("Dolly") Morgan McClung, a young widow, thus becoming the brother-in-law of future Confederate cavalry generals John Hunt Morgan (Hill's best man at the wedding) and Basil W. Duke.  Personality conflicts resulted in tensions with fellow officers. Both General Longstreet and Stonewall Jackson Had Hill arrested on separate and unrelated occasions.. Hill in turn challenged each of these officers to duels. Despite the differences in personalities, when it came to fighting, All were able to put aside petty difference to fight the war. General Robert E. Lee went a long way in keeping the peace between his Generals.


On The Game Table~

LEVEL~             2
RADIUS~           12"
MODIFIER~       -2
COHESION~      16

The above models come from the GHQ Line of Civil War Commanders. There is a bit of humor in the fact that the blister pack that contains General A. P.  Hill, also contains both General Stonewall Jackson and James Longstreet. General Hill Is Painted wearing his famous red flannel Shirt that he would wear into battle. His soldiers would know "something was up" when they saw their beloved General trot by on his horse wearing his "battle shirt."