Ambush at Brown's Mill Creek


This is another Civil War Diorama by Michael French. He completed it in the Fall of 2008 and it is now on display at the American Civil War Museum of Ohio in Tiffin, Ohio.

Wanting to avoid the necessity of laying siege to the city during the Atlanta Campaign, Gen. William T. Sherman, ordered two columns of Federal cavalry on a series of raids south of Atlanta, attempting to cut off supply and communication lines.

Maj. Gen. George Stoneman led the cavalry of the Army of the Ohio to the southeast, while Brig. Gen. Edward M. McCook's First Division of the cavalry of the Army of the Cumberland was to sever railroads southwest of the city. He was to link with Stoneman and seize the Andersonville prison camp and free the 32,000 prisoners held there.

Crossing the Chattahoochee River on a pontoon bridge erected at Smith's Ferry, McCook's cavalrymen reached Palmetto, where they cut the Atlanta & West Point Railroad. They captured and burned over 1,000 Confederate supply wagons at Fayetteville on July 28. General McCook also gained a reputation for condoning and encouraging the destruction of civilian property.

Early the next morning, his raiders reached Lovejoy's Station, twenty-three miles south of Atlanta, and began wrecking the Macon & Western Railroad. However, McCook called off the raid and turned back across the river when Major General Stoneman failed to appear as planned. As they tried to return to the main army, McCook's division was attacked near Brown's Mill, three miles south of Newnan, by Confederate cavalry under Joseph Wheeler.

Michael P. French, PhD, Director Graduate Education, Lourdes University in Sylvania Ohio

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