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Rome, Georgia’s Eternal City and An Insider’s View of The Battle of Resaca

A Weekend Warrior Program

March 17-19, 2017

With Norm Dasinger from Rome, GA

Rome and Resaca


Friday, March 17th

Join us at 6 PM at our hotel in Rome, Georgia to meet our historian Norm Dasinger and to discuss the central importance of Rome in the Civil War and its influence on the Atlanta Campaign–specifically the turns and intrigue that resulted in the battle at Resaca.

Saturday, March 18th

Our trip today will take us to the little known or visited sites of the battle of Resaca. This was a surprising and underachieving battle–one where Sherman expected so much and got so little.

This is not a big fight and frankly the new army commander, young James B. McPherson failed his first Army command test–properly executed the Confederates should have been cut off and the railroad destroyed. We will visit the orchard where the CSA line made a 90 degree angle and where Hardee’s troops held back the main Union force on Day 1. We will visit the battles of Lays Ferry and Rome Crossroads. We will see where Judson Kilpatrick was wounded and nearly killed. Traveling wartime road routes used by both armies and comparing Barnard photos to modern day views will allow you to more easily understand this battle. We will also see where future president Benjamin Harrison captured the Cherokee Artillery in a night assault. Lunch is included

Sunday, March 19th

OK so it isn’t ROME but it is Rome – We will discuss and visit locations associated with the battle of Rome, President Woodrow Wilson, Gen NB Forrest and Col Abel Streight. Ringed by Civil War era forts, Rome is a town that provided many men and the supplies used by those CSA troops. The former site of the Noble Cannon Factory still exists as does the 1862 route John Wisdom, the Paul Revere of the South – used to warn the citizens of approaching Yankees. Union General Jefferson C. Davis (he who murdered, Union General William “Bull” Nelson in Louisville and got away with it) attacked the town in 1864 and so we will visit sites associated with this attack. Myrtle Hill Cemetery is a unique place and gives a bird’s eye view of the town and entire region. We will return to the hotel by 4 PM for dismissal. I think you will find this to be a really unique and interesting program.


Norm Dasinger is a local historian who has been a preservation leader in Paulding County, Georgia. He has recently moved to Alabama and has extended his research to focus on misunderstood and underappreciated military activities in Alabama. Well versed and scholarly, Dasinger proved his worth to BGES members in a great tour of Streight’s Raid during 2016. We have expanded his portfolio to do two programs this year.

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Holiday Inn Express and Suites Rome
35 Hobson Way
Rome, GA 30161
PH#: 706-232-0021

Hotel is $99.00 per night plus tax; breakfast is included.

Reservations MUST be made by March 3rd to receive the discounted price.

Check in time – 3:00 pm and check out is 11:00 am. The hotel and meals except for lunch are not included in the registration fee.


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