Saturday, June 28, 2014

Just back from Kennesaw Mountain 150th!

Luminaries are ready for lighting below the "Dead Angle" at Cheatham Hill.

Back home after a long day at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for 150th anniversary events. I walked a new trail where 24 Union guns fired on Confederate positions, watched a Civil War fashion show, witnessed drill, musket and artillery demonstrations, took in a couple ranger-led programs and finished the night at Cheatham Hill, where young Federals littered the bloody meadow after their assault was crushed on June 27, 1864. The rededication of the Illinois Monument at Cheatham, and the lighting of more than 3,100 luminaries below, representing the dead, made for a contemplative end to the day.

Look for Civil War Picket articles here in the coming days, including an interview with a mother and daughter whose ancestor was killed at Kennesaw Mountain. For now, check our Facebook link on this page for several photos.

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