Posted By Norman Gasbarro on August 18, 2014
The Nash Farm is located in the western part of Henry County, Georgia, 21 miles south of Atlanta, at 4361 Jonesboro Road. It is about five miles west of Exit 221 of I-75. During the Civil War, it was a Confederate campsite and was the location of the largest cavalry raid the state’s history – which was conducted by Union General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, after whom the G.A.R. Post in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania was named. Participating in the cavalry corps led by Kilpatrick was the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry which included many men from the Lykens Valley area. According to local (Henry County) information, the Nash Farm site is one of the “few Civil War battlefields that remain intact, meticulously preserved” – which allows visitors to re-visit the final days of Gen. William T. Sherman‘s Atlanta Campaign – much as it may have appeared at the time to the participants.
The Nash Farm Battlefield Museum is open to the public. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. It is operated by volunteers who are members of the Friends of Nash Farm Battlefield, a non-profit membership group. For membership information and hours of operation contact Friends at www.henrycountybattlefield.com.
A quick pictorial tour of the museum is presented below. The pictures are a mere sampling of what is available. Plan at least one hour to visit.
A portrait gallery of some of the soldiers who fought for the Confederacy at Nash Farm is located in a long hallway. A few of the frames are shown below.
Finally, there is a conference room and genealogical library available at the museum for researchers to study about the battle and its participants:
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