Battlefield Tour of Resaca, Ringgold Gap and Dalton
12:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
This tour will include two major battlefields, Ringgold Gap where General Patrick Cleburne successfully halted the Union army advances and the battle of Resaca where General Joe Johnston held the union forces to make a strategic withdraw to Kennesaw Mountain fortifications. The tour will also include historical areas of interest in Dalton. lunch included.
- Stop – Ringgold Gap Battlefield Park – Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne Monument location, discuss the Battle here. Visit town of Ringgold, see Monument where the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 ended the War period Ringgold railroad depot, used during the war and the Stone Church used as hospital.
- Stop – Mill Creek Gap (Buzzard Roost) Dalton, Ga. – Natural gateway through Rock Face Ridge Heavily fortified by Confederate forces, Federals attempt to seize the gap but driven back. Discuss the battle and Winter Camp by the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
- Stop – Huff House – Dalton, Ga. – Built in the 1840’s, Headquarters of Confederate Gen Joseph E. Johnston , also location of the Gen Joseph E. Johnston monument.
- Stop – Resaca Battlefield – Resaca Confederate Cemetery, Burial location of Confederate Soldiers killed during the Battle of Resaca. Discuss the Battle.
- Stop – Resaca Battlefield Park – Camp Creek Valley, discuss the battle of Resaca.
Tour Guide & Historian:
Robert D. Jenkins, Sr. – Born in Hattiesburg, Miss., but raised in Chamblee, Ga., Robert D. (“Bob”) Jenkins, Sr. is an attorney practicing in Dalton, Georgia where he has maintained a general and civil trial practice since 1990. Bob was graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1987 with a B.B.A degree in Business Management with Minors in History and Geography. Bob received his Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University in 1990 and regularly practices in the courts throughout Northwest Georgia. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Hamilton Medical Center, in Dalton, Georgia, and the Alumni Board of Directors for Georgia Southern University. He has written The Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Hood’s First Sortie, 20 July 1864, Mercer Univ. Press, 2013, and To The Gates of Atlanta: From Kennesaw Mountain to Peach Tree Creek, 1-19 July 1864, Mercer Univ. Press, 2015. He also penned an article on Dalton in Blue-Gray Magazine, vol. XXXII, Issue I (2015). He is married to Ms. Shari Ann Jenkins formerly of Cicero, Indiana, and they live in Rocky Face, Georgia