The Battle of Brown's Mill
By; Kennedy El
The Battle of Brown's Mill started when Major General William was in Atlanta in 1864. His military needed a quick victory. On July 27th General William sent two groups, led by General Edward M. McCook and Major General George Stoneman who were riding south to wreck the railroad, which supplied the Confederate Army. If they were to be successful, they would have to free 30,000 Union prisoners, held at Andersonville, Georgia. General McCook's 2,400 men were successful. On July 29th, they reached the Macon and Western Railroad and began destroying it. General McCook and his men had to swiftly retreat because they were being closely pursued by The Confederate Army, led by Major General Wheeler. Luckily, General McCook and his men escaped.
On July 30th, General McCook and his men went to free the Union prisoners, but General Wheeler was waiting there with the Confederate soldiers blocking the road. General McCook and his men fled to the Chattahoochee River, but Wheeler and his men found them and captured the majority of them, but in the next couple of days, the Confederate soldiers found and captured the rest of the Union soldiers.
Once the railroad was repaired, trains were sent to take the captives to the Confederate prison in Andersonville. The battle cost General McCook about one hundred men, but General Wheeler’s loss was under fifty. In 1867, three years later the United States government removed the rest of the Union soldier’s remains. The Battle of Brown’s Mill, although it wasn’t particular long battle it is still an important part of our history.
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