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Near Newnan in Coweta County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A.

 
 
Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2012
1. Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker
Inscription.
Routed Gen. E. M. McCook, U.S.A.
July 30, 1864
Capturing 500 of his men

 
Erected 1908 by Newnan Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy (U.D.C.).
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 33° 20.014′ N, 84° 50.673′ W. Marker is near Newnan, Georgia, in Coweta County. Marker is at the intersection of Millard Farmer Road and Old Corinth Road, on the left when traveling west on Millard Farmer Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newnan GA 30263, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memoriam (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Brown's Mill: Aftermath (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of Brown's Mill: Ride for the River (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of Brown's Mill: Detour to Battle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wheeler's Pursuit (approx. 0.3 miles away); McCook's Raid (approx. 0.3 miles away); "The Big Raid" (approx. 0.3 miles away); William McIntosh (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newnan.
 
More about this marker. In 2013 Coweta
Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2012
2. Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker
County built a park and trails that include this monument. The 104 acre park, called "Brown's Mill Battleground" has an entrance 0.3 miles east of this monument on Millard Farmer Road.
 
Regarding Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A.. The skirmish between Wheeler's and McCook's troops here is referred to as the Battle of Brown's Mill. The mill stood slightly south of the marker's location.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2012
3. Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker
Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2012
4. Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker
Millard Farmer Road is in the background.
Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 25, 2012
5. Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. Marker
The marker is a short distance off Millard Farmer Road in the trees.
Interpretive marker erected next to Joe Wheeler monument. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 15, 2016
6. Interpretive marker erected next to Joe Wheeler monument.

From this marker:
The monument accurately marked the spot where Wheeler's cavalry had ambushed Torrey's brigade, but it dated the battle incorrectly. This error was remedied when the shaft suffered significant damage sometime after February 1910. After erecting an iron fence anchored by four granite posts, the U.D.C. erected "a new and larger" marble marker on July 24, 1912, which read:
Gen. Jos. Wheeler C.S.A.,
Routed Gen. E. M. McCook, U.S.A
July 30, 1864,
Capturing 500 of his men
Newnan Chapter U.D.C.
1908
This new monument corrected the date of the Battle of Brown's Mill, but it seriously undercounted the number of prisoners taken. Wheeler actually captured about 1300 of McCook's men, crippling Sherman's cavalry and changing the course of the Atlanta campaign.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   6. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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