Location: Pickett's Mill State Park
4432 Mt. Tabor Church Rd Dallas, GA 30157
The Armory Guards, in conjunction with the Pickett’s Mill State Park, will be hosting the 150th Anniversary semi immersive event at the park in May 30 - June 1st, 2014. Federal participants will be portraying the 5th Kentucky Infantry of Hazen’s Brigade, with some of the 9th Kentucky of Knefler's Brigade movements as well. The Confederate participants will portray the 8th-19th Arkansas Infantry of Govan’s Brigade.
This is a semi-immersive battle recreation, and NOT a mainstream event. Participants will be moving throughout the park following the footsteps of the Federal and Confederate commands. The actual movements will be followed as closely as possible throughout the day, and into the evening on Saturday, There is a Atlanta Campaign style picket post for “early birds” beginning Friday morning. Sunday’s scenario will consist of the post battle Confederate probes that occurred in the area.
Joe Blunt will command the Federal forces and Brian Hicks is in command of the Confederate forces. Campaigner groups have been sent invitations, and individuals wishing to participate in the event need to contact the company POCs. If a group wants to raise a company, please contact the event host, Herb Coats, at hcoats007 at gmail.com
For those who have been not been to Pickett’s Mill, being fit to march up and down ridges and into ravines is in your best interest. This is tough terrain.
There will be spectators visiting the park on Saturday of the event, but the park staff and the event staff have designed the event so that the visitors do not interfere with the reenactors’ scenarios. This is different from previous events at Pickett’s Mill State Park, but the park needs visitors, and it needs publicity. Pickett’s Mill State Park is one of the few remaining battlefields from the Atlanta Campaign that has left relatively alone from suburban development.
This battle reenactment is a culmination of the Armory Guards two living histories starting with the Confederate living history from 2010, and the Federal living history from 2012.
Park Website: http://www.georgiastateparks.org/info/picketts/
Along the Deadline: http://ehistory.osu.edu/uscw/features/articles/0006/picketts.cfm
Somebody Blundered: Ambrose Bierce and Marcus Woodcock at Pickett's Mill by Ken Noe: http://www.ambrosebierce.org/journal3noe.html
The Crime at Pickett's Mill by Ambrose Bierce: http://www.classicreader.com/book/1169/1/