Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Left, Nina Chandler is dressed in a Victorian-era costume at the Nash Farm Battlefield re-enactment. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)
HAMPTON — More than 300 Civil War re-enactors recreated the Battle of Utoy at Nash Farm Battlefield Saturday. Visitors, some who dressed in Victorian-era costumes, watched as Confederate and Union soldiers acted out the battle using cannons, muskets, Infantry and Cavalry soldiers.
“This is a smaller battle and a Confederate victory,” said Earl Zeckman, co-chairman of the Atlanta Campaign Inc.
The Utoy Creek battle took place Aug. 5-7, 1864 between the Army of Ohio and the Army of Tennessee according to battle summaries on the National Park Service web site.
Utoy Creek was part of the Atlanta Campaign, which was a series of battles throughout the area around Atlanta during the summer of 1864. Eventually Atlanta fell to the Union Army led by Gen. William T. Sherman and is thought to have assured President Abraham Lincoln’s re-election, according to Georgia’s New Encyclopedia.
Next year, Zeckman said Atlanta Campaign Inc. will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta. He expects nearly 4,000 re-enactors to take part at Nash Farm Battlefield.
“It’s going to be a really big, big deal,” he said.
For more information about Nash Farm, visit www.henrycountybattlefield.com and visit www.atlantacampaign.com for more information about Atlanta Campaign Inc.