28th Georgia / 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry

Civil War Reenactors



123rd New York Monument


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the 123rd New York Monument
at the Resaca Battlefield!

Resaca Battlefield SignThe 28th Georgia / 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry reenacting unit is in the process of erecting a monument to honor the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry. The monument will be placed on the Resaca Battlefield in Resaca, Georgia. The 123rd New York fought there on May 14-15, 1864. This will be the very first monument to the regiment anywhere in the Western Theater of Operations.

We now have an official location for the monument! It will be located on the Chitwood Farm section of the battlefield and will be on public land. The monument will be positioned about 15 feet off of the main road and about 200 yards directly in front of the wooded area where the 123rd New York were positioned during the fighting on May 15, 1864. This is the area that was between the Federal and Confederate earthwooks during the battle. We are very fortunate to be able to locate the monument at this position!

Monument Design

We looked at many different designs - and costs - and chose the following design for the monument. The images show the front and back. Much of the look-and-feel of the text was incorporated from the regiment's Gettysburg monument and we feel that it includes the information that the veterans felt was important to tell. The monument will be approximately 6.5 feet high with a base of 6 feet wide.

123rd NY Monument

123rd NY Monument

Monument Location

The 123rd New York Infantry Monument is to be located on the Chitwood Farm section of the Resaca Battlefield where the regiment fought. The exact location on that area of the battlefield has now officially been determined.

Resaca Battlefield

The Chitwood Farm

The map from the Cival War Trust shows the Chitwood Farm section of the battlefield and the property currently owned by the Civil War Trust in blue. The rough location of Williams' 1st Division is also shown. The brigade order for Williams' Division on the map is incorrect, though, and should have been shown as Robinson on the left, Knipe in the middle, and Ruger on the right. The 123rd New York were in Knipe's brigade.

For those familar with the modern-day reenactment site, Ruger's Brigade streched from Melea Tennant's house over to the GDRA HQ hill. Knipe's Brigade stretched from the GDRA HQ hill over to the hill beyond the old artillery camp. The 5th Connecticut of Knipe's Brigade were posted along that hill and took heavy artillery fire. The 123rd NY were next to them on a ridge. Two regiments from Robinson's Brigade were sent to the left flank of Ruger's Brigade to help repel the Confederate attacks.


Resaca Battlefield

The ridge defended by the 123rd New York

This photo shows members of our Monument Committee standing on the ridge that the 123rd New York defended during the battle. The ridge is now heavily wooded and is not accessible to the vehicles needed to erect a monument there. In relation to the photo, the regiment was positioned on the right of the photo and facing to the left of the photo.


Resaca Battlefield

The field between the Union and Confederate lines

This is the field where we will be placing the monument. It is roughly 200 yards directly in front of the 123rd New York ridge and between the Union and Confederate lines. It is also the field the 123rd New York crossed the morning of May 16, 1864 to find the Confederate earthworks abandoned. Placing the monument here will also make it easily visible from the main road. The monument will be located on the very far left of the photo.


Resaca Battlefield

Monument Location

This photo shows one of our members, Keith West, standing on the spot where the monument will be located. The position is about 15 feet off of the main road.


Resaca Battlefield

The Chitwood Farm

Here is a map showing the official monument location on the Chitwood Farm section of the battlefield.
Click here to see a closeup of the map: 123rd NY Monument Map Locations

Donations

We are in the process of raising money for the monument and are currently accepting donations. Since we are a non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible. 100% of each donation goes entirely towards the monument. Any amount that is donated, $10, $20, $50, $100, etc., would be greatly appreciated. Our unit will also be making donations as well as fundraising at all of our reenactments and living histories. We have made an initial down-payment with the monument company and have locked the final price in.

Amount raised: $9,019.98
Goal: $9,600

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the monument fund, please make your check payable to the "28th Georgia Co. G" and write on your check "123rd NY Monument Fund." Also put on the back of your checks "For Deposit Only." Please mail your contributions to the following address. We will send you back a tax receipt. All donations are non-refundable.

123rd NY Monument Fund
9207 Lexington Farms Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Please check back here for further updates on the project. The members of the 28th Georgia / 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry reenacting unit sincerely thank you for your support!

In Honor of...

Some of our contributors have made donations in honor of certain individuals. We would like to list these honored individuals here.

LCPL Squire "Skip" Wells, U.S. Marine Corps
Submitted by the Georgia Division Reenactors Association

Mr. Bob Farrell
Submitted by Jean Farrell and Peggy Chilton

Pvt. David Irwin, Company F, 123rd New York
Submitted by Judy Irwin Flagg

Pvt. Orville Clark Robinson, Company F, 123rd New York
Submitted by Dr. Stephen C. Law

Mr. Arch Craig
Submitted by Deborah A. Craig

Mr. George Casey
Submitted by Deborah A. Craig

Pvt. Elijah Baker, Company H, 123rd New York
Submitted by Edith E. Meikle

Pvt. Dyer Baldwin, Company G, 123rd New York
Submitted by Edith E. Meikle

Capt. Jerry Gunn, 28th Georgia / 123rd New York Reenactors
Submitted by Jerry Gunn's family

Pvt. Alexander Pratt, Company H, 123rd New York
Submitted by Bill Frazier

We thank you for your contributions to this project.

Dedication Ceremony

The monument will be erected during the spring and summer of 2017. We will have the monument dedication and unveiling ceremony during the annual Battle of Resaca Reenactment in 2018.

123rd New York Monument Dedication Ceremony

Saturday, May 19, 2018

5:00 p.m.

Chitwood Farm, Resaca, GA

Held during the annual Battle of Resaca Reenactment


Program Itinerary

  • Music by the GDRA Field Music
  • Welcome
  • Placement of the national and regimental colors at the monument
  • Prayer and opening remarks by the Mayor of Resaca
  • Remarks by the 28th Georgia / 123rd New York Reenactors company commander
  • Uncovering of the 123rd New York monument
  • Keynote address by 123rd New York historian Mr. Bob Farrell
  • 123rd New York poem read by Ms. Lisa Sherwood accompanied by the GDRA Field Music
  • Placement of dirt from Washington County, New York at the monument base
  • Placement of a wreath at the monument
  • Honor volleys fired by the 28th Georgia / 123rd New York Reenactors
  • Playing of Taps
  • Closing Remarks

This is only a summary of the details and is subject to change.

There will be a light snacks provided by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the 28th Georgia / 123rd New York Reenactors company members.

Immediately following the ceremony will be guided tours of the wooded ridgeline that was defended by the 123rd New York on May 15, 1864.

If you plan to attend the dedication ceremony, please register with us no later than April 15, 2018 so that we can mail you information. You can contact us at:

sjtoney1@aol.com

Monument Committee

The 123rd New York Monument Committee is made up of the following volunteers:

Dennis Melville - Coordinator, Fundraising
Mike McHan - Treasurer, Fundraising
Jerry Holmes - Design, Location
Steve Toney - Design, Location
Ken Padgett - Battlefield Liaison
Bob Farrell - New York Liaison, Historical Consultant
Melea Tennant - Property Advisor, Dedication Coordinator

If you would like to contact the Monument Committee, please e-mail us at:

sjtoney1@aol.com


   





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28th Georgia
Volunteer Infantry
1861-1865


New York Regimental Flag
123rd New York
Volunteer Infantry
1862-1865


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