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Opinion

Brown’s Mill worth preserving


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 26, 2021 - 6:52 PM

Brown’s Mill Battlefield is a place Coweta County is fortunate to have.

This site has so much history. It would be hard to find a location where the public can visit the history of Coweta from 1827 that is preserved in its undisturbed state.

The site is more than a battlefield. Its present boundaries contain five unmarked cemetery sites, one burial ground with more than several thousand graves, an early white pioneer cemetery, a third which may be working-class settlers, two military sites, one likely Confederate and one Union, and over one hundred graves, all veterans, all unmarked.

And the home of George W. Cook, who moved from Cleveland, Tennessee, to escape the Civil War, only to find his home in the middle of a battlefield where a young girl in his family was killed and buried in the yard of his home.

At the location of Carpenters Mill, an Indian village site on Sandy Creek with many graves, possibly hundreds of years old, a quartz vein Indians used to make tools. And the surrounding area, early plantations, cemeteries, early churches and others.

It would be a shame to lose this history.

Jimmy Dunagan

Sharpsburg