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

In Memoriam

Brown's Mill Battlefield

 
 
In Memoriam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 15, 2016
1. In Memoriam Marker
Inscription.
On June 17, 1908, a small group of ladies from Chapter 599 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy gathered at this place with a few Confederate veterans to dedicate a monument to "the only battle of the Civil War fought in Coweta county." Mrs. Catharine Wright Gibson, who had suggested the idea, shoveled the first spade full of dirt into the hole dug to set up a simple four-foot marble shaft with the inscription:

GEN. JOS. WHEELER, C.S.A.,
ROUTED GEN. E. M. MCCOOK, U.S.A
JULY 27, 1864
CAPTURING 900 OF HIS MEN
NEWNAN CHAPTER U.D.C.,
1908

Among those watching was Tom Carpenter. An eyewitness to the battle, he had grown up just down the LaGrange Road in a single-story clapboard house which still showed signs of the fighting on that hot July afternoon when he was thirteen years old.

For 5 dollars Carpenter had sold the U.D.C. the 5-foot-square parcel of land where the monument stood. After the dedication, he invited the ladies and their guests to his home for some relief from the summer heat. He pointed out several bullet holes in the walls as well as a faint stain which grew darker on cloudy days, discoloring the planks of the covered porch connecting the house with the kitchen. This stain he said, marked the spot where a badly wounded Union officer
Stone monument 'Gen. Jos. Wheeler. C.S.A.' with marker in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 15, 2016
2. Stone monument 'Gen. Jos. Wheeler. C.S.A.' with marker in background.
had lain. Dressed in a white linen shirt and wearing a diamond ring, the bleeding man had pillowed his head on his blue coat before apparently falling unconscious. When a straggling Yankee trooper knelt beside him and began tugging at the coat the officer suddenly revived and hurled a string of invectives at the thief. Carpenter claimed he never heard such cussing in all his life, before or since.

The man who made this profound impression upon young Tom Carpenter was almost certainly Lieutenant Colonel William H. Torrey, a rough-and-tumble Wisconsin lumberman. Shot in his left lung at the beginning of the Battle of Brown's Mill, Torrey was later taken to Newnan's Buckner Hospital, where he died on August 2, 1864.

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.

Under the leadership of longtime president Helen M. Long, the Newnan chapter persuaded George L. Wynn, who had acquired the Carpenter farm, to deed them enough land for one dollar to double the size of the monument lot. After erecting an iron fence anchored by four granite posts, the U.D.C. dedicated a new and larger" marble marker on July 24, 1912, which read:



GEN. JOS. WHEELER,
Union & Confederate Cavalrymen Killed or Mortally Wounded. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 15, 2016
3. Union & Confederate Cavalrymen Killed or Mortally Wounded.
McCook's Raid: Union Cavalrymen Killed or Mortally Wounded & Wheeler's Pursuit/Confederate Cavalrymen Killed or Mortally Wounded
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.
 
Erected 2013 by Coweta County, Georgia Departments of Transportation & Natural Resources.
 
Location. 33° 20.012′ N, 84° 50.673′ W. Marker is near Newnan, Georgia, in Coweta County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Millard Farmer Road and Old Corinth Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Millard Farmer Road, 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. Gen. Jos. Wheeler, C.S.A. (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);
Spot where Wheeler's cavalry ambushed Torrey's brigade. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 15, 2016
4. Spot where Wheeler's cavalry ambushed Torrey's brigade.
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.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Coweta County website about the Battleground. (Submitted on May 16, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
1908 United Daughters of the Confederacy monument for the Battle of Brook's Mill. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 15, 2016
5. 1908 United Daughters of the Confederacy monument for the Battle of Brook's Mill.
Brook's Mill Battlefield entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 15, 2016
6. Brook's Mill Battlefield entrance.
The "In Memoriam" marker is 0.4 miles west of the entrance further down Millard Farmer Road.
 
 
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