CEC Students build replica medical sheds, cots
by Lindy Oller
Students in Tom Barnett’s third and fourth block construction and carpentry classes at Central Educational Center are partnering with the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society to create replicas of medical sheds and cots for the hospital town that will be put on display in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Brown’s Mill.
Jan Bowyer, chair of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Sesquicentennial Committee working on events to commemorate what took place in Coweta during the Civil War, presented this idea to Barnett last year. Barnett agreed on having his students work on the project this spring. The students worked on the project for nine weeks.
“This is not just any project. It tells a story,” said Bowyer.
Rebecca Crocker, a senior at East Coweta High School, took the lead on building the cots. Justin Walden and Trevor Ray assisted Crocker.
Many of the supplies were donated by several area companies.
Medical sheds, Bowyer said, were built and used as hospitals to treat soldiers during the Civil War.
The Battle of Brown’s Mill south of Newnan, Bowyer said, was a significant event that changed the course of history. It was because of courageous Confederate leaders like Fightin’ Joe Wheeler that Newnan was spared from complete devastation from General William T. Sherman and his Union soldiers.
The month of July has been deemed history month in honor of the anniversary.
The 1904 Coweta County Courthouse will have displays showcasing how businesses were depicted in the 1800s on the weekend of July 12-13.
There will be events depicting what churches in Coweta County were like during the 1800s on the weekend of July 19-20. People representing historic Coweta churches will be out on the square on July 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will also be guest lecturers in the courtroom talking about religion in the 19th century.
A shaped note music program is planned for July 20 from noon to 4 p.m..
The BBMA will have events at the battlefield historical site south of Newnan on July 26 and July 27. There will be a ribbon cutting at 9:45 a.m. and a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m., featuring a color guard. There will also be a cannon and rifle salute, and geo-caching for kids. Historians will be on site to answer questions about the battle.
Carolyn Turner, president of BBMA, will be in charge of the re-enactment that will take place at the Coweta County Fairgrounds, located near the battleground, in the fall – Oct. 10-12. There will be an educational day at the fairgrounds on Oct. 10 for all to come and learn about the historic battle.
Bowyer is heading up events for a historical society exhibit on the weekend of the re-enactment. There will be activities in the historic train depot on East Broad Street in Newnan and at the courthouse, as well as a medical triage outside on South Court Square.
In the courthouse, there will be educational and hands-on sessions with the Army of Tennessee Field Hospital re-enactors. Because of limited seating in the courtroom, there will be a sign-up process for people to attend those programs.