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Civil War re-enactors take over Nash Farm Battlefield

Civil War re-enactors take over Nash Farm Battlefield

Left, Nina Chandler is dressed in a Victorian-era costume at the Nash Farm Battlefield re-enactment. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

Left, Nina Chandler is dressed in a Victorian-era costume at the Nash Farm Battlefield re-enactment. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Union artillery soldiers fire a cannon at Confederate soldiers during the re-enactment of the Battle at Utoy Creek at Nash Farm Battlefield. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Union commanders asses the location of Confederate soldiers at Nash Farm Battlefield. More than 300 re-enactors took part in the Battle at Utoy Creek. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Confederate soldiers fire on Union soldiers during the re-enactment of the Battle at Utoy Creek. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Cavalry also took part in the re-enactment of the Battle at Utoy Creek at Nash Farm Battlefield. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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A Union fifer and drummers use music to relay commands to troops on the battlefield. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Union soldiers advance on the Confederate line during the Battle at Utoy Creek re-enactment at Nash Farm Battlefield. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Above, visitors came dressed in Victorian-era costumes for the re-enactment of the Battle at Utoy Creek at Nash Farm Battlefield. (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.