Tour ‘the aftermath’ at Brown’s Mill Saturday
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Saturday evening, doctors will perform surgeries following the Battle of Brown’s Mill. Military commanders will discuss their next steps, and civilians will be checking on the dead and wounded.
Four tours – including one by lantern light – will be held at the battlefield, located on Millard Farmer Road south of Newnan, as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle.
Saturday’s event is labeled “A Window into the Past: The Aftermath.”
Tours will be at 5 p.m., 6:30, 8, and 9:30. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Coweta Visitors Center, located in the 1904 Courthouse in downtown Newnan. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday. If there are any tickets left over, they will likely be available at the battlefield, said Carolyn Turner, president of the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association.
You must choose a tour time when buying your tickets. The number of visitors on the battlefield at any time must be controlled because of the limited parking on site.
Tour guides will take visitors between eight different stations. “People will be seeing prisoners and the doctors who were on the battlefield, and commanders that were down there having a council for war and trying to decide what to do next,” Turner said. There will be the dead, as well, but they will be covered, and won’t be played by real actors.
“But we do have a medical tent and the doctor will be doing a surgery,” Turner said. “I haven’t seen his work but I hear he is phenomenal."
“It’s just the kind of things that would have been on the battlefield after the fighting stopped.”
The tours will go on rain or shine, but not in a thunderstorm.
Taylor thinks the 9:30 p.m. tour will be the neatest. “It will be sort of eerie. And it’s wonderful at the battlefield at night,” Taylor said. “It’s so calm and so quiet. It has the strangest feel about it.”
For more information on the events planned for this year’s commemoration, visit http://www.battleofbrownsmill-hospitalreenactment-2014.org .