Cadaver dogs discover 158-year-old Civil War graves in Coweta County

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — It happened in the woods along Millard Farmer Road in Coweta County. Carolyn Turner could not believe her eyes.

“I can’t tell you how amazing it was. For all of us. Wow! Look! That’s it. That’s the place!” Carolyn said.

Grave sites, discovered by a pair of cadaver dogs, are 158 years old.

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It is the Brown’s Mill Battlefield. On July 30th, 1864, Union and Confederate troops fought over this ground.

By the time the smoke cleared, 150 soldiers were dead.

Turner is the president of the battlefield association. Before the dogs were brought in, a couple of association members used a very old-school method for finding underground water, and sometimes graves.

“Dowsing rods,” Carolyn said.


Carolyn said the dogs identified the same spots, including what is likely the final resting place of the niece of the original landowner, George Cook.

“His family was in the cabin. She ran out and was killed. And we found it. We know where that grave is. She was just 5 years old,” Carolyn said.

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The association’s goal is to have the battlefield placed on the National Register of Historic Places, guaranteeing its preservation.