Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site

New Hope, Georgia

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In reports from the Union Army’s 1864 march into Georgia, General William T. Sherman barely mentioned the May 27 fighting at Pickett’s Mill. The likely reason is that, among a string of victories, this battle was a stunning defeat. After the war the site remained virtually unchanged and is among the nation’s best preserved Civil War battlefields. Noted shortstory writer Ambrose Bierce was a young Union lieutenant at Pickett’s Mill. The dark nature of his writing has been attributed to his war experiences. His eyewitness account of the battle, “The Crime at Pickett’s Mill,” offers a sobering picture of war’s brutality.

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"In reports from the Union Army’s 1864 march into Georgia, General William T. Sherman barely mentioned the May 27 fighting at Pickett’s Mill. The likely reason is that, among a string of victories, this battle was a stunning defeat. After the war the site remained virtually unchanged and is among the nation’s best preserved Civil War battlefields.

Noted shortstory writer Ambrose Bierce was a young Union lieutenant at Pickett’s Mill. The dark nature of his writing has been attributed to his war experiences. His eyewitness account of the battle, “The Crime at Pickett’s Mill,” offers a sobering picture of war’s brutality."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Hope
Distance: 4.1
Elevation Gain: 175 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Spring and fall
Local Maps: USGS Dallas
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