As you come into Milner on old highway 41, you will notice a historical marker denoting the location where a Confederate Hospital once stood. Inscribed on the marker are these words, “On this site stood one of Milner’s temporary hospitals for Confederate soldiers wounded in the Battles of Atlanta and Jonesboro in 1864. These men were hastily evacuated south on the only railroad from Atlanta still operated by the C.S.A. at that time. Dr. John F. Hunt, local physician, doctors from nearby communities and townspeople fed and cared for the wounded. 108 of these soldiers from various companies and several southern states died at Milner and were buried in a cemetery a mile from town off the Liberty Hill Road on Lawrence Street.”
Another nearby marker reads, “In this lonely spot lie the mortal remains of more than 100 unknown soldiers of the Confederacy. Most of them were wounded while heroically defending the City of Atlanta against the overwhelming forces of General Sherman, and died in an improvished hospital at nearby Milner. At the time this marker was erected the graves were marked with plain rocks for head and foot stones, but the Willie Hunt Smith Chapter No. 49 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy had undertaken to identify and mark each grave.” For more information, please click here.
Greenwood Cemetery is located at the junction of Adams Street and Lamar Street in Barnesville. Marble headstones mark the locations of Confederate soldiers and those buried in the cemetery include two federal troopers along with Barnesville Founder, Gideon Barnes and his second wife, Huldah Ann (Aldridge) Barnes. The City of Barnesville operates and manages the Greenwood Cemetery. For more information, please click here.