Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites will commemorate the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Pickett's Mill at the state historic site in Dallas, GA, on Saturday, May 27, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The event will feature guided tours by park rangers, plus unguided tours around the property. The day's activities will unfurl at 10 am with the unveiling of a new exhibit featuring a rare U.S. flag finial found in the "ravine" area of the historic battlefield in 1963. This will be immediately followed by a ceremony in the ravine at the exact spot where the flag finial was found. More detailed information on the full Saturday schedule can be found here.
A flag finial is a decorative topping affixed to the top of a flag pole or flag staff. The Pickett's Mill finial is an eagle, missing its legs and feet as well as the typical ball which also would have adorned the top of the pole. Extensive research by author and flag finial expert Dale Thomasson suggest the finial may have been lost by an Ohio regiment fighting at Pickett's Mill.
The Battle of Pickett's Mill was part of the Atlanta Campaign of General William T. Sherman in 1864. Considered the last major victory of the war by the Southern armies, Sherman omitted any references or details of the battle from his nearly 900-page detailed memoirs. Read more here about the reasons why Sherman may have skipped the battle references, plus details of the battle and other interesting aspects about the historic park.
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