28th Georgia Monument
28th Georgia Company G Monument
In 2009, our unit voted to erect a monument to the 28th Georgia, Company G, to be placed somewhere in the Resaca, Georgia area. The 28th Georgia, Company G, was recruited from Gordon and Taylor Counties, so it was fitting to place a monument to them in Resaca. In 2014, after five years of fundraising, we erected a monument to the 28th Georgia, Company G, at the newly opened Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site in Resaca, Georgia. The monument stands 5' 10" tall and is 5' across at the base. It has been a tremendous honor for us to tell the story of the 28th Georgia and we hope that this monument will continue to tell their story for generations to come.
at the Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site
in Resaca, Georgia
28th Georgia Company G Monument Dedication
On Saturday, August 2, 2014, our unit conducted the monument dedication service for the new 28th Georgia Company G monument located at the Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site in Resaca, Georgia. The members of Company G were recruited from Gordon and Taylor Counties. This is the first monument to Company G or to the 28th Georgia anywhere. This monument was a five year undertaking by our unit. Special thanks goes out to everyone who contributed to this project and to Dennis Melville for spearheading this project and seeing it through to the end!
Saturday, August 2, 2014
The following poem was commissioned for the 28th Georgia monument dedication and read by the author during the event.
Honoring the 28th Georgia Volunteer Infantry - Company G
By Lyssa Aja
From our verdant fields, from the golden hearth of home, from the arms of loved one's reluctant release
We follow DIxie's call to war that from our consciousness doesn't cease
Like the samurai fighting in a borrowed battlefield our blood will spill from the sword of conviction
We the Georgia 28th volunteer infantry born from the Freeman's Guard,
were stirred like a hornet's nest to fight with the sting of dedication
Surrendering our grip from the plow to feel the grip of a musket
like beasts of burden we carry the load of a Confederate soldier willingly ready for service
In Georgia battlefields we would not be fighting but with no less allegiance or purpose
In the arena of war how could we know what bravery costs and what we would have to let go
Death, disease and injury would touch us from the mountains to the Atlantic shores to deep into Florida below
Seven Pines, Seven Day's Battle, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Fort Sumter, James River, southeast Virginia, the Carolina states and Olustee
Into the arms of war we are gathered like children of Mars to perpetuate his misery
But war takes up arms within us as an answer to fidelity
And these many miles would stalk our time as we march into the darkness of history's sway
Into fields of blood and weapons cry, fighting homesick and heartbroken some of us dying too far away
In the end some of us would lie as if lost in a different place
and some of us would be buried in the womb of the Georgia clay
We the Georgia 28th have answered the call to Dixie
and having served with southern pride-our weapons sleep today.
28th Georgia Company G Monument Installation
Here is the installation of the 28th Georgia Company G monument at the newly opened Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site in Resaca, Georgia in 2014. The monument stands 5' 10" tall and is 5' across at the base.
28th Georgia Company G Monument Groundbreaking
Here is the groundbreaking ceremony in 2014 for the construction of the 28th Georgia Company G monument at the newly opened Fort Wayne Civil War Historic Site in Resaca, Georgia. The photo shows members of the 28th Georgia / 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry Civil War Reenactors, plus Ken Padgett, Melea Tennant, and Jule Medders in the center.
123rd New York