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Join Tours, Demonstrations and Camp Activities at Pickett's Mill for Civil War Battle Anniversary Event


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 anniversary event at Pickett's Mill Battlefield state historic site is set for Saturday, May 29, from 10 am to 4 pm.Photo byGraphic: OurTravelCafe.com

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.

Guided and self-guided tours of the battlefield and other areas at Pickett's Mill will be available during the anniversary event.Photo byDeanLand / OurTravelCafe.com

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Welcome to OurTravelCafe.com. I'm DeanLand, a trained journalist and retired global marketing executive. Living in Northwest Georgia, I write about about avocations including outdoors, travel, exploration, history, food and community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries. My French Cajun upbringing in Louisiana plus my extended restaurant-related career affirm my status as an over-qualified eater. At my blog, OurTravelCafe.com, I offer a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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